Okorocha orders arrest of APC Congress committee members

Lynn Cook
May 10, 2018

Vanguard was told that Madumere and others were at the APC, state Secretariat, as part of the preparation for the party's congress.

Uncertainty still trails the outcome of last Saturday's APC ward congresses in Imo State as Governor Rochas Okorocha has ordered the arrest and arraignment of the committee members sent to monitor the exercise.

According to him, there was a large turnout of party members for the Congress and was impressed with the orderliness they displayed during the event.

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Chairman of the group, Shehu Barau Ningi who stated this Tuesday during a press conference at the NUJ Secretariat in Bauchi, said that the exercise should be repeated by a different Committee from the national secretariat of the party.

Meanwhile, Mr Hunkuyi said at a news briefing that the elective congress did not hold in any of the 255 wards in the state as stipulated by the APC constitution. "And we want them to properly hand over".

Apugo expressed joy that the congresses ushered in credible people that would steer the affairs of the party at the ward levels for four years. He also alleged that instead of the LOC to allow the original results sheets and election materials be used for the exercise, it rather sent photocopies of result sheets to the wards while it withheld the original result sheets, which it meant to write the names of anointed but unpopular candidates that would be submitted to the State Congress Committee.

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It was claimed that the congress committee that was suppose to conduct congress in Imo state, were moved to Anambra state.

"On the conduct of the congress, I am delightful over the exercise because we have seen fairness and equity in the conduct, " Dawuda said.

"However, to our utmost surprise, no official of the APC-Ward Congress Committee showed up in any of the 255 Wards Areas from 8:00 a.m., neither in the morning nor throughout the day".

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Contrary to a report that the governor's supporters did not pay the mandatory fees for the purchase of forms, Olaoya said: "Let them prove it if they have proof".

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