Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Medical | By Mark Scott

Abia APC stakeholders hail peaceful conduct of exercise — APC ward congresses

Abia APC stakeholders hail peaceful conduct of exercise — APC ward congresses

The controversial vice chairman of the APC, representing Lagos Central Senatorial district also questioned the rationale behind the LOC's introduction of the ward congresses being conducted on the basis of 57 local government and 377 wards instead of the 20 local government and 245 wards, which was recognised by the Constitution, the Electoral Acts and INEC guidelines.

Governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha has directed the State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, to arrest and prosecute all members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Committee that conducted the Saturday ward congress in the state for their alleged role in the stealing of materials intended for the election.

"We are 100 per cent ready, everything has been put on place".

"The Congress Committee team then sought the consent of all the stakeholders to move the ward congress to today (Sunday) in view of the attacks and time wasted on the briefing while aspirants who had already paid stipulated amount of money into designated banks were asked to come for their nomination forms".

"The forms have been on sale and people are obtaining them and returning them to meet the deadline of Friday. He (Amaechi) has the right to say so, but he has no right to turn the entire state machinery against us (stakeholders)", Boms added.

The petition, submitted to the APC Wards and Local Government Appeals Committee, said the purported congress should be declared null and void, and a fresh congress conducted.

While he urged Oki to abide by the outcome of the ward congress results as affirmed by the national headquarters, Salami advised that the interest of the party should be placed above other interest.

He, however, said that they would lodge a formal complaint to the APC Congress Committee, the party's National Working Committee and other relevant organs of the party.

Okorocha, who was roundly humiliated by powerful forces within the party in Imo state, was yesterday at the office of the Inspector General of Police in Abuja seeking to get him to order the Police to take some actions that would be pleasing to him and his supporters. This is to ensure that the whole process is transparent, " he said.

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