The National Coordinator of the Human Rights Writers Association, HURIWA, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko has applauded the All Progressives Congress, APC, for refusing to hand its ticket for the Anambra Senatorial rerun election to Senator Uche Ekwunife, who he described as “serial political party cross carpeter.”
Onwubiko, in a post published on his Facebook wall on Wednesday, wrote: “All Progressives Congress (APC) has my total support and appreciation for boldly defending the principle of party loyalty and discipline by banning the serial political party cross carpeter of all times Mrs Uche Ekwunife and for rewarding consistency when it picked in a free and fair contest the lady that has remained as constant as the Northern Star as it’s Senatorial flag bearer in the Anambra Central Senatorial election coming up soon Ms Sharon Ikeazor.
“There are very few Nigerian politicians that are very principled and consistent in terms of ideological discipline and party loyalty and this fast diminishing numbers include Sharon Ikeazor; Ogbonnaya Onu; Goodluck Jonathan; and Muhammadu Buhari,” he added.
A committee set up by the APC to screen aspirants for the senatorial seat had yesterday disqualified Ekwunife, who was occupying the seat on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, until her election was nullified by the appellate court.
During the screening which had just two contenders, the Osita Okechukwu-led committee disqualified Ekwunife on the ground that she was found “ineligible,” while Sharon Ikeazor, the former interim Women Leader of the party got the nod of the committee.
Explaining why Ekwunife cannot get the ticket, the committee said, “She barely joined the party two weeks ago. The committee members each scoring independently scored the aspirant below the pass mark of 51 points.
“Most importantly, our deep concern is her record which shows that she dumps political parties at will leaving the parties in its wake factionalised. She jumped from the PDP to APGA to PPA, back to PDP or vice versa and now to APC. She is more or less a fair-weather-hen.”