APC Crisis Escalates As Kaduna, Cross River, Imo, Anambra, Oyo Boils Over Ward Congresses

by on May 8, 2018

More protest and violent reactions have continued to trail last Saturdays conduct of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Wards Congress.

While there were protests by stakeholders from Kaduna State, who berated the governor Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, for shutting other stakeholders out of the exercise, there were reports of vandalization of properties at the Okigwe Road headquarters of the APC in Owerri,  Imo State, by protesting youths.

Also, Chairman Senate Committee on Finance, Senator John Owan Eno, has lamented efforts by some individuals within the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Cross River state to hijack its structure, adding that last Saturday’s ward congress never took place in the state.

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The Senator representing Cross Rivers Central, however, warned the APC national leadership to maintain its integrity and disregard any attempt by some persons to tell them the contrary.

Also, protester from Kaduna State took protest to the national secretariat of APC, saying the party was dying in the state.

Some of the placards carried by the protesters read: “Baba, please call Kiriku to order,” “APC is dying in Kaduna,” “EFCC, investigate Oyegun and return our money,,” “Democracy is about people and not committee of friends,” “Say no to kiriku in 2019,” “Congress must hold in Kaduna,” “affirmation is undemocratic,” “Oyegun must go,” “there was APC Ward congress in Kaduna,” among others.

Speaking at a news conference yesterday in Abuja, Sen. Eno, who accused the committee sent to his state  of compromising, asked the national secretarial to send another congress panel who will conduct a credible, free and fair ward congress in Cross River state.

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“It will be shameful that any list of delegates and elected people comes out of the last Saturday’s exercise in Cross River, when the result sheets and other materials from the national headquarters are in the safe custody of the Nigerian police, I don’t think it will happen but if it does happen I believe the entire stakeholders will meet to agree on the line of action.”

In the same vein, Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, rushed to the APC national secretariat yesterday, where he informed the National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun that there were no congresses in Oyo state, alleging that the State Governor Abiola Ajimobi had hijacked the congress committee members and materials, immediately the election was shifted to Monday, after it failed to hold on Saturday.

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At Awka, Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, escaped attack by thugs, following disagreement that trailed the post congress crisis meeting.

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