The Enugu youths Coalition group has fired at the state chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), over its recent comments on the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
The group went nuclear after the state chairman of the party, Ben Nwoye accused the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of breaching the nation’s electoral act by posting campaign posters in some areas of the state.
In a statement made available to newsmen at the weekend and signed by the national coordinator of the group, Edwin Obune, the group said:
“The attention of Enugu Youths Coalition has been drawn to a statement attributed to the Enugu State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress in which the state Chairman Mr. Ben Nwoye accused the state governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of violating the nation’s Electoral Act over the posting of his posters in some locations in the city.
“We want to educate Mr. Nwoye that Governor Ugwuanyi breached no law as the said posters do not have his implicit or explicit consent before it was pasted in the state.
“Besides, the Governor through his party has already dissociated himself from the activities of the group in a press statement issued by the Chairman of PDP in the state.
“On the issue of early campaign posters which the APC claimed it’s only in Enugu State that such action could take place, the coalition urged Mr. Nwoye to take a trip to Lagos, Bauchi, Katsina, Kogi, Nasarawa, Yobe among other APC states to see things for himself before passing such parochial judgment.
The coalition, however, backed the group which posted Gov. Ugwuany’s posters in the state, saying it is part of the Freedom of Expression guaranteed by the nation’s constitution.
“The group like the Enugu APC which exercised their freedom of expression by endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari for re-election next year even when Mr. President has declared an intention to do so; also exercised their own freedom by urging the governor to seek re-election through their posters.”
While promising to give crushing defeat to the APC in the state, the coalition, however, advised Enugu APC to always think before it speaks on matters concerning Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.