APC ward congresses end in violence

Gov. Wike wishes Rivers APC members peaceful congress

Gov. Wike wishes Rivers APC members peaceful congress

Some stakeholders in the Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress on Monday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the crises rocking the party at the state level.

Meanwhile, Governor Okorocha has ordered for the arraignment of the members sent to conduct the exercise in the state.

"Thus given the scenario above, our members were left with no other option than to troop to the venue of the Ward Congress by 8: 00 a.m. of the same morning carrying the bank tellers and APC membership Cards in order to participate at the Congress".

Danladi said: "According to the constitution of our great party, we have two options to conduct our congresses; either on election or on reaffirmation; so all the winners of this congress emerged through reaffirmation".

The federal lawmaker said unless the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, declares the ward congress null, the party would remain dead and buried in the state.

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"The former governor has sworn that he would not be alive to see Magnus Abe become governor".

However, the congress was only being carried out in wards where intending members had obtained their nomination forms on Saturday from the APC National Congress Committee led by Alhaji Musa Halilu-Ahmed.

The Unity Group in the statement signed by Olatubosun lamented, "We are still in shock over what happened yesterday at Oke-Ado when the governor's men brought hundreds of thugs to maim and kill innocent people during a pre-congress briefing". How can you have a peaceful election in this situation?

"We are going to tell Abuja that we rejected this panel and that another independent panel should be constituted to come and do congress in Cross River".

Okorocha's reaction came despite the position of the state chairman of the party, Dr Hilary Eke and the state organising secretary, Dr Clement Chijioke Anozie, both of who rated the exercise as successful in all the 305 wards in the 27 LGAs of the state. If we are to go by what Rt. Hon.

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