A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State, Uche Nwosu, has revealed why his party cannot win the Anambra governorship election.
APC has won one Local Government Area in the election before it was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The electoral agency, however, announced that the supplementary election in Ihiala Local Government Area would hold today, Tuesday.
Speaking with select journalists in Abuja on Monday, Nwosu stated that the APC has performed poorly in the ongoing election because the party has lost its base in the South East.
Nwosu, son-in-law of former governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha, stated that the South-East chapter of the party is being run by outsiders and the founding members have been sidelined.
The former APC governorship candidate added that the declining fortune of the party in the South-East is as a result of the party leadership’s failure to reward old members in preference of new members.
He, however, asked the APC leadership to retrace its steps by returning the party to its founding fathers in the region in order to perform well in the 2023 general elections.
He said: “The declining fortune of the party in the South East is a result of the poor reward system that undermined the founding fathers and old members of the party in preference of new members.
“The leadership of APC has abandoned those that planted and nurtured the party in the South East and has handed over the structure of the party to defectors from other parties who never knew how APC was founded.
“What is happening to APC in the South East is a result of a poor reward system. The party undermined those that worked so hard to plant the party in the zone and instead embraced newcomers who do not have what it takes to endear the party to the people
“Unless the party retraces its steps in the conduct of free and fair primaries, and declaring the winner without manipulation in the forthcoming 2023 general elections and reconciling all aggrieved old members, it may not recover from the self-afflicted crisis before the 2023 general elections.
“If the founding fathers of the party are not appeased and handed back the reins of the party, the fortune will continue to go down.”