Okelo Madukaife, the All Progressives Congress’ s (APC) Anambra State Publicity Secretary, reaffirmed on Monday that he remains the party’ s official spokesman.
Chief Basil Ejidike, the state APC chairman, confirmed Madukaife’ s dismissal on Sunday.
This came after a congratulatory message to Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, who was proclaimed victor of the Anambra Governorship election on November 6 by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
According to Ejidike, who spoke during a press conference on Sunday, Madukaife was suspended from the APC in June,
” We were startled that he continued to promote himself as the party’ s publicity secretary, ” he stated. That should not be the case.
” On behalf of the APC in Anambra Announce, we desire to state unequivocally that Okelo Madukaife is no longer a member of our party and thus cannot be or serve as our state’ s Publicity Secretary. ”
” Anyone interacting with him as an APC member or the party’ s publicity secretary does so at their own peril. ”
We would like to say absolutely that we have not congratulated anyone in the Anambra Governorship election. ”
” The general public is hereby advised that not only is the membership of the undersigned (Madukaife) protected by the letters and spirit of the 2014 APC Constitution, but his mandate as State Publicity subsists and runs until Anambra State Congresses hold, ” Madukaife said in a statement on Monday in response to his alleged dismissal.
” We recall a similar attempt to hijack the job of state publicity secretary in July 2019, which predictably failed, and expect a similar outcome in the latest rant aimed at the 2021 congress. ”
The general public is recommended to disregard the misdeeds contained in the erroneous statement, which will now be the topic of consultations in the State Working Committee, State Executive Council, and State Caucus.
Once again, we join our national leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, and our state leader, Senator Chris Nwabueze Ngige, whom Ejidike despises and fights with the support of extraneous elements, as well as all 2021 Governorship aspirants who were shortchanged in the June 26 primaries, to congratulate the State Governor- elect, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, as we prepare to hold him accountable to Ndi Anam.
He clarified, however, that the congratulatory message was made without prejudice to the APC’ s plan to contest the election results in court.