Former Imo governorship candidate, Uche Nwosu has said that the ruling party’s poor outing in Anambra governorship election is self-inflicted.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, Nwosu said the declining fortune of the party in the Southeast is as a result of the poor reward system that undermined founding fathers and old members of the party in preference of new members.
He claimed that the party structure is handed over to defectors and not those who planted and nurtured the party in the Southeast.
“What is happening to APC in the Southeast 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.”
He insisted that there is need for the party to retrace its steps in the conduct of free and fair primary, declare winners without manipulation and reconcile all the aggrieved old members, as it may affect it in the 2023 general election.
“If the founding fathers of the party are not appeased and handed back the reins of the APC, the fortune will continue to go down.”
Nwosu who advised the Buni-led committee to consult founding members of the APC in the zone, listed those to be consulted as former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha; Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu; NIWA boss; George Moghalu, among others.
“The party leadership can’t ignore those that worked so hard and invested their resources and time and expect to continue to win elections.
“The party can’t gloss over the fact that all is not well, but all hope is not lost if it can reconcile the aggrieved leaders.
“What happened in the Anambra State governorship election is a confirmation of the fact that the party veered off from the original plan but all that can be remedied.”