Tuesday, January 18

No State Congress will hold in Abia – APC Leaders vow

A group of elders and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Senator Chris Adighije have declared that the planned State Congresses of the party will not hold in Abia State on Saturday, Octo­ber 16, as earlier scheduled by the party.

The Daily Vendor Newspaper learnt that the Abia APC leaders have urged the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led national leadership of the party to re­call the State Congress Com­mittee already dispatched to the state.

The Abia APC elders and leaders while addressing journalists in Abuja on Friday declared null and void anything done in the contrary.

They warned that proceeding with the Congress in the State would precipitate crisis in the party.

Those that addressed the press conference include Senator Nkechi Nwogu, Chief Sam Nkire, APC caucus lead­er of Abia State, Ume Kanu SAN, Barr. KC Ugboajah, Hon. Elton Onwu and Barr. Chijioke Ikpo, among others.

They also warned against attempt to cede the structures of the party in the state to an individual while ignor­ing the leadership of the party in the state.

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The APC caucus leader, Chief Sam Nkire, said it is in the best interest of the party to tarry to exhaust on­going harmonisation process.

Nkire said “We the elders of the party in Abia State de­mand that the national leadership of APC calls back who­soever had been sent to go to Abia State for state congress.

“There is a process going on that was directed by the national chairman of the party that Governor Hope Uzodinma, who is the South-east leader of the APC should look into the problem or crisis in Abia State and report back to the headship of the party.

As we speak to you here, his report is not ready and we are aware he has not reported back. So anything done in Abia State in the name of state congress is null, void and illegal.”

Chief Nkire however assured that his group will abide by the decision reached by Governor Hope Uzodinma as it concerns the resolution of the crisis.

“We believe as elders that we owe it as a duty to our party at the national to raise this alarm on time that we go by the decision of the zonal leader who has been direct­ed by the national leader to intervene.

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“And that decision is that there shall be no congress until we harmonise the ward and the local government. For somebody now to want to go into State Congresses at this stage will cause confusion.”

Also speaking on the issues, Senator Chris Adighije, said: “There is one person, Ikechi Emeni­ke, who claims that the party has been ceded to him by the leaders of the party and that he is a governor in waiting and he wants the entire par­ty structure without going through due process.

“But we have a State Chairman of the party, Hon. Donatus Nwakpa and the guidelines for Congresses is very clear that the Congress committee when they arrive a state must report to the state executive led by the chairman.

“We suddenly found out that Emenike had hijacked people that came from Abuja to unknown place. That, start­ed the major problem. He alone on one side, the others on another side.

“Senator Hope Uzodinma, is well respected by our people, we believe in him. We accepted the position he took, he said all leaders should go to their various local gov­ernments, harmonise your wards and produce local gov­ernments and produce a list, thereafter another meeting would be held for the modal­ities for state congresses.

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“This we agreed on Wednes­day when the meeting ended. Today is Friday and people have gone to comply with the directive. To our surprise on Thursday which is the next day we understood that some elements have arrived Abia carrying congress materials to conduct so-called state con­gress completely veering from the points accepted by us and Senator Hope Uzordinma.”

The APC had sched­uled its State Congresses in the various states today (Saturday).

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