The National Auditor of the All Progressives Congress, Chief George Muoghalu, on Wednesday faulted claims by the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, that Senator Ken Nnamani was the party’s South-East leader.
Muoghalu advised the governor not to destabilise the party by ceding the party’s leadership in the zone to new entrants.
The National Auditor spoke to reporters at the party National Headquarters, in Abuja.
He was reacting to a statement credited to Okorocha who spoke during the official defection of the former President of the Senate, Ken Nnamani, and some South-East politicians to the APC in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
Muoghalu said, “You see, one thing about leadership which I have said time and time over is that a leader isn’t appointed. You can elect a chairman; you can elect a secretary, a governor or a president. A leader evolves from among the people.
“It is your activities; it is your relationship and the level of communication you have with the people that determine your leadership. It is not by appointment and I believe everyone understands that.
“You don’t appoint a leader, you don’t elect a leader except in a case where you have the constitutional provision but in a situation where you are talking about the South-East as a people, leadership will always evolve from among the people and among those who are leaders in their own rights.
“The Dr. Ogbonnaya Onus, the Dr. Chris Ngiges, these are leaders that have earned their status and there was no day we conducted an election to say that we elected Dr. Onu as leader or Dr. Chris Ngige as our leader, they evolved. I am also a leader by every structure of imagination but it has to evolve from among the people.”
Muoghalu, who is also seeking to be the standard bearer of the APC in the forth coming Anambra governorship election, described his chances of clinching the ticket as very bright.
He said, “I am going to release an official manifesto, an official programme of what I am going to come with for the average Anambra man.
“Loyalty must have reward. Commitment must have reward. Dedication must have reward. So, the party itself knows the people who took risk, people who were called names.
“I am convinced like most of us are convinced that the party will reward loyalty at the appropriate time.”