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Imo: APC appeal committee upholds ward, LG congresses

Romanus Ugwu, Abuja

The move by Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to cancel the ward and local government congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held in the state has failed, as the party’s Appeal Committee has ratified the exercise.

This was even as Imo Assembly lawmakers, led by the Speaker, Acho Ihim, and some National Assembly members staged a protest at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, yesterday.

Okorocha had met President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo, to protest alleged malfeasance during the ward congresses in his state and demanded their cancellation.
In its report, the APC Congresses Appeal Panel said based on a report submitted by Imo State Congress Committee, signed by its Chairman, Senator Abubakar Tutare, ward and local government congresses were held in Imo State.
The appeal committee further said those who wrote petition against the congress were unqualified.
The report said: “The congress committee presented video evidence to support its position that congress actually held in the state.”

Meanwhile, the National Assembly legislators from Imo State have dismissed the insinuation that the allied forces, consisting mainly the chieftains of the party, have defeated Governor Okorocha in the recently conducted ward and local government congresses.

Speaking after the close-door meeting with the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the delegation of 24 legislators, led by the Speaker, Imo House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, claimed the governor is still the leader of the ruling party in the state.

They insisted that there is nothing wrong in the governor endorsing his son in-law, Uche Nwosu, and dismissed what many believed was the genesis of the problem.

“We are here to reconfirm that there was no congress in all the general and certain wards in Imo State. We are here to reaffirm and demand that an announcement be made for a new date for the ward and local government congresses and we can now talk about the state congresses.

“As for our discussion with the national chairman, we want it treated as an in-house affair; but, we have affirmed our stand that we are still with our governor.

“He is the face of APC in the South East. Of course, the young man has done so well.”

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8 Comments

  1. Passer-by 17th May 2018 at 2:05 am

    He is a Big Thief!

  2. Nkem 17th May 2018 at 8:21 am

    Finally Imo people have rejected Okorocha and his evil intentions for the state.Imo does not belong to one person.The voice of the people is the voice of God.My mum is still owed 60 months pension and Okorocha is busy chasing shadows

  3. Nero Chukwuekezie;OON 17th May 2018 at 9:06 am

    This Is The End Of The Road For Rouges Like Rochas Okorocha.

    Many Thanks To The Coalition.

  4. albert Abossi 17th May 2018 at 12:01 pm

    This is just the begining of many troubles that will come up in imo state as a result of this okorocha political attitude towards his state fellow politicians.

    He will reap all the troubles he sow

    Amen

  5. Albert Abossi 17th May 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Round one who wins

  6. EustaceAmuka 17th May 2018 at 2:34 pm

    This is the problem of the typical Igbo man. You are calling Rochas a criminal. Tomorrow you expect him to address the problem of the Igbo people at the highest level. By the way, which Nigerian politician is not a rogue? Mind your choice of words, becausevyou maybe held to prove your comments.

  7. only but truth 18th May 2018 at 1:22 pm

    the coalition is threat to imo state democracy, Rochas stands for free and fair election is best in imo state democracy, the stakeholders hide under fake news to commit crime, it is not in interest best of imolites to snatch ballot boxes and plan for share share money politics in imo state, hate speech against Rochas is not real its internet attack

  8. only but truth 18th May 2018 at 1:23 pm

    only free and free election is in best interest of imo people ,Rochas is working that is reason they were afraid of free and fair election

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