Published October 21, 2018
The All Progressives Congress in Enugu State has expelled a former Secretary to the State Government, Chief Onyemauche Nnamani, over alleged misconduct.
Nnamani’s expulsion was announced by the chairman of the APC in Enugu State, Dr. Ben Nwoye, on Sunday.
According to Nwoye, Nnamani, who served as SSG in Enugu during the administration of former governor Chimaraoke Nnamani, was expelled for taking the APC to court “without first ventilating his grievances through internal mechanisms provided in the party’s constitution”.
The development contravened provisions of Article 21 of the APC constitution, which deals with ‘discipline of members’, Nwoye said. Nnamani contested for the position of APC National Vice Chairman, South-East, during the party’s national convention.
However, the election was eventually won by the incumbent, Chief Emma Eneukwu. Like Nnamani, Eneukwu is also from Enugu State.
Nwoye disclosed that a petition filed by Nnamani against the outcome of the election was dismissed by the national convention appeal committee.
The Enugu APC chairman added that Nnamani went ahead to drag the party and Eneukwu to court over the same matter.
In the suit, Nnamani reportedly averred that Eneukwu did not obtain any waiver that would allow him to contest for the position during the convention.
But, insisting that the APC national vice chairman, South-East, Eneukwu, actually obtained a waiver, like other national officers of the party, to contest positions during the convention, Nwoye said Nnamani violated provisions of the party’s constitution by going to court.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Eneukwu got a waiver – that waiver was transmitted by myself to the then national chairman, Chief John Oyegun, who approved it.
“The lawsuit filed by Nnamani was designed to distract Enugu State APC, and to pave the way for his friends and relatives in PDP to win again.
“We are invoking relevant constitutional provisions, Article 21 deals with discipline of party members.
“Nnamani has failed to comply with the provision. He filed a petition before the national convention appeal panel but on the day the case was called he was absent, he only sent a lawyer.
“The matter was dismissed, he did not appeal the dismissal, the right to appeal is not forever, the matter died and now he has gone to court over the same issue.
“Onyemauche Nnamani, by his own conduct of violating the constitution, has expelled himself, so we want the whole world to know that he is expelled from the party,” Nwoye said.