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A cross section of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress APC, Imo state chapter has successfully conducted the party's LG congresses across the state.

A cross section of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress APC, Imo state chapter has successfully conducted the party's LG congresses across the state.

The leaders who spoke with Nigeria Moment at various centers of the polls declared that they have succeeded in hook-winking, strangulating and traumatizing the governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha during the party's congresses as a payback to his many evils against the innocent Imo people. According to them, the congress results were a sight experience of what will befall the governor in 2019 elections if he, the governor continues his son-inlaw “successor project”.
One of the leaders, Chief Anthony Ibeawuchi noted that the party congresses were internal party affairs and as a result it was keenly conducted and strictly conducted and supervised by the party apparatus.
The governor is a mere member of the party like every other person and not the chairman of the party. So what the party did as it concerns the congresses were in consonance with the party rules and not in accordance with the directives of the governor who happens to be biased and insincere. He maintained that the LG congresses held yesterday Monday were as smooth, good, successful and peaceful as the ward congresses and there is no going back or reversal because it is a party affair and the party which is the appropriate channel managed it, insisting that it is only the party that can nullify the outcome and not by mere individual pronouncement.
Ibeawuchi said the national secretariat of the party was aware, approved and directed them on what to do about the congresses and it was their directives and guidelines in line with party constitutions that they adopted wholly in the conduct of the exercises. But Imo state governor in a swift reaction posited that the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie Oyegun was after him and making efforts to relief him of the party structure in the state, because he Rochas spoke against the chairman's proposed tenure elongation,
”I spoke against elongation, that elongation is not good for our party when the national chairman of our party and some of his members believe that there should be elongation so that there would be no congress as provided by the party's constitution. And I told them the danger if we do not conduct this Congress. I was a lonely voice in that matter until it became an issue that picked the interest of our party leaders and I supported my position. I was saying that if we do not conduct congress and we conduct primaries, those people that elect our governorship candidates in the primaries would have been illegal.
And that we might win election and somebody will just go to court to challenge the decision and they may go to court ad win because we were elected by those delegates. That was just my position and they said no, the Constitution allowes partial supremacy. The party supremacy does not override the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Great mind like the Vice President, who is also a SAN concurred with me on that position and that's where we are today”. The governor furthered that the party leaders were giving flimsy excuse that congress would divide the party and we told them that the issue of not having a congress is worse than for us having a congress. Meanwhile, The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) has told the governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, not to transfer mismanagement of his relationship with his people on the party's national leadership. National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, accused the governor of being malicious. “With due respect, Governor Okorocha is being malicious and unfair to the NWC. If he has mismanaged his relationship with his own people, in a way that they now constitute an encumberance to him, he should not transfer his frustration to the NWC.
“It is certainly not right to set fire to the village because you want to kill a rat. If Governor Okorocha has any specific grievances, he should come forward with them rather than making this generalized accusations,” Abdullahi said.

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