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Ministerial quest earns Enugu gov candidate slap



APC Enugu governorship candidate in the last election, Okey Ezea has alleged that a chieftain of the party in the state, Emma Eneukwu, landed him what could be defined as a ‘good slap’ following an argument over ministerial slot in the forthcoming Buhari-led administration.

He said it happened on Thursday during a closed-door meeting of South-East APC leaders at the Imo State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja, which was chaired by Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, and had Senator Chris Ngige, Senator Osita Izunaso, Gen. J. O. J. Okoloagu (retd.), and others in attendance.

Ezea disclosed the development in a text message that was forwarded to journalists in Enugu on Friday.

Apparently, the meeting discussed the sharing of key appointments as Ezea, in the SMS, said Eneukwu slapped him because he (Ezea) told the South-East leaders that Nsukka zone, where he hailed from, should produce the minister.

He accused Eneukwu, who is from Udi, Enugu West Senatorial Zone, of wanting the ministerial slot for himself and trying to actualise the ambition through violence.

The text message read, “Emma Eneukwu slapped me today because I told South-East leaders that Nsukka has not been minister since 1999.

“He did this before Rochas, Ngige, Izunaso, J. O. J, Gen. Eze, Ucha etc.

“I just said the truth and requested justice and equity in the affairs of our party and Enugu State.

“Emma wants to be minister by violence. Emma is from Udi Local Government Area which has been producing minister since 2007, including the incumbent, Chinedu Nebo.”

But when contacted, Eneukwu said, “I am surprised about that, nothing like that happened, I am very surprised.

“That story is alien to me; I don’t know anything about it.

“Maybe it is a calculated attempt to mar my image. I didn’t attack anybody, I am not a thug. I don’t fight.”

Asked what transpired at the said meeting, he said, “We went to see Buhari, that was all I knew. “Nobody was talking about appointment.

“We will not be talking about appointment when the party has not decided on the positions that should come to the zone. We have not known the positions allocated to the zone.”

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  1. Apachee zooma

    May 2, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Coward! And, you can’t fight back? You fall my hand. I am forwarding your story, Mr Ezea, to your family, children and friends.

  2. kennieman

    May 2, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    though slap was only synonymous to a particular party in the southwest?

  3. Don Lucassi

    May 4, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Please who wants a minister that was slapped?

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