…Congress succeful—State Party Chairman
…No,it was hijacked,runs to Buhari-Gov.Okorocha
The raging storm over the Ward congress held in Imo State weekend by the ruling party,All Progressives Congress(APC) continues as some leaders of the party declared the process as free and fair,commending the peole for coming out to elect the Executives of the party at the ward level.
The group during a Press conference at Full Moon hotel,New Owerri on Sunday, May 6,2018 stated that the congress was peaceful and free from rancor as the will of the people triumphed from an attempt made to hijack the process.
According to Senator Ben Uwajumogu,Senator representing Imo North in the Senate and National Secretary,APC Congress Committee, the state governor,Rochas Okorocha, and his son-in-law and chief of staff, Uche Nwosu, hijacked the People that supposed to conduct the Ward Congress. He said the Chief of Staff sent thugs to disorganized the meeting of the APC stakeholders held after the primary election.
While Senator Uwajumuogu made it clear that there is no cause for alarm. He stated that the list of the Ward Congress will be made public and call on party faithfuls to remain loyal and dedicated to move the party forward.
Meanwhile, the State Working Committee of the party led by Mr Hillary Ekeh in company of Chairmen of APC at the LGAs were together in admitting the freeness of the exercise in line with party constitution while calling on members of the party to remain calm.
Ekeh said: "we thank God for the emergence of APC executives, we are here today to tell the world and Imolites that the Congress was successful, hitch free, free and fair without problems".
Present at the press conference include, the Deputy Governor of Imo State Prince Eze Madumere, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, Sir Jude Ejiogu,Mr Jasper Azutalam,Bar Chukwuemeka Nwajuba, Sir Kingsley Ononuju, Dr Vitalis Orikeze Ajumbe, Hon Osita Opara, Uche Best Mbanazo, Chief Marcon Nlemigbo, Chief IB Okafor, IK Ogbonna and other party stakeholders.
Meanwhile the State APC in a Press release signed by the Publicity Secretary continues to defend the integrity of the congress while the State governor,Rochas Okorocha runs to meet President,Muhammudu Buhari in Daura calling for his quick intervention in canceling the exercise for a new one as according to the governor,the Congress committee chair made away with sensitive electoral material..
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ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS, IMO STATE
Okigwe Road, Owerri.
IMO APC CONGRESS SUCCESSFUL, PEACEFUL.
The Ward Congress of All Progressive Congress, APC, Imo State was conducted and concluded successfully and peacefully on Saturday, May 5, 2018 in the 305 wards of the state. The party salutes the commitment, passion, dedication and above all, the peaceful and diligent comportment of our party members during the congress. The party is also grateful to the maturity and candour of the Ward Congress Committee who remained unwearied and focused in spite of the desperate efforts of the State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to hijack the committee through blackmail, intimidation and groundswell financial inducement.
By the outcome of the congress and the spontaneous outpouring of family love and conviviality, the party and their numerous supporters who had for long longed for extrication from the stronghold of one man and his family have been vindicated.
We re-affirm our unalloyed loyalty to the National Working Committee and state leadership of the party. We can now assure Nigerians that Imo APC is more than ever before poised to demonstrate that APC in Imo State and indeed in the South East is a popular party which in the past has been misconstrued due to the antecedents of one man.
Long Live Imo APC. Long Live Nigeria. Long Live APC
Long Live President Muhammadu Buhari
Signed: Engineer Nwabueze Oguchienti
Imo State Publicity Secretary
May 6, 2018