By Emmanuel Acha, Enugu.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, says it is the desire of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State to rebrand and unite the party, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Onyeama made the declaration on Sunday in Enugu during an interactive meeting with members and stakeholders of his pet project, Kwusike Political Family.
The minister said that it was sad that members of the party in the state had not learnt from the mistakes of the past that made them lose previous elections.
Onyeama said that he had, after the last state elective congress of the party, felt that the party had a team and envisaged a united and progressive APC, ready to make the difference.
“We had a number of crises for four years, which divided our party in the state and we were disillusioned for not winning elections.
“As an opposition party in the state, you have to be united to overthrow the ruling party,” he said.
The minister said that although the party was in a difficult situation, there was hope going forward.
Onyeama, however, said it was not too late to seek new circumstances that would put the party on good footing, adding that leaders were meant to serve their people.
He said that the meeting was to conduct a post-mortem of the circumstances that led to the lingering challenges in the party, adding that party members would not want to repeat past mistakes.
“I am here to meet with my ‘family’. Kwusike Foundation, is not a factional group that divides our party, as some people think.
“One of the reasons why I wanted us to meet is to do a post-mortem about what we did right or wrong in the past, in order to prepare ourselves better for future endeavours.
“As a party, coming together to chart a course is not reactionary or maintaining a status quo that is anti-people,” he said.
Onyeama noted that there had been lots of opinions and distractions after the party congress, adding that “but we should not be distracted”.
He said that political power was not meant to intimidate the people but to serve them, insisting that members of the party were equal stakeholders.
“We will fight to deliver APC and make it competitive in Enugu State. We should try to seize control of governance through the ballot and make a meaningful difference.
“A lot of you have been working hard for the party and together, we shall overcome the challenges; APC must thrive in the state,” he said.
In separate speeches, some members of the party, including Messrs Walter Oji, Benson Eze, Gbazuagu Nweke and Mrs Juliet Egbo, decried the “hatred, hardship, intimidation and despair” in the state chapter of the party.