A former governorship candidate on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State during the 2019 election, Uche Nwosu, on Monday described the poor performance of his party as self-inflicted.
Nwosu, in an interview with select journalists in Abuja, explained that 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.
According to him, the leadership of APC has abandoned those that planted and nurtured the party in the South East, adding that the party instead 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,” he said.
He insisted that 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.
The APC chieftain also maintained that “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.”