AWKA—CONFUSION trailed weekend’s ward congress of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Anambra State, with the party’s candidate in last year’s governorship election, Dr Tony Nwoye accusing the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige of a plot to hijack the party in the state. Ngige Ngige, on his part, however, said there was no problem, insisting that every effort was to ensure that APC was properly organized in the state.
Tempers rose during the harmonization of lists from the wards following allegations that few party chieftains merely compiled names from all the 326 wards in the state. At the meeting in Awka, Nwoye alleged discrepancies in the lists and accused Ngige of usurping the functions of the congress committee. According to him, it was improper for Ngige to say that ward congress held on Saturday when none took place. Nwoye, who is a member of the House of Representatives, said he was refraining from speaking because he might be accused of being bitter over the conduct of many APC chieftains during the governorship election, which he ran and lost on the platform of the party.
He said: “Some of you here worked against me during that election, but my joy is that I lost the election and you lost too, because all those people who worked against us have not risen either. “We have failed as a party because we do not have any position in Anambra State, but it will not work for people to put this party in their pocket so that they can write election results in their houses. “I will not let Ngige take the function of the panel.
We have a panel that is supposed to conduct that congress, and they just came here today (Sunday), whereas he (Ngige) is trying to tell us that elections were held yesterday (Saturday) when no congress took place in any ward. How can Ngige be the one to conduct the congress when there is a committee?” But Senator Ngige, who took offence over what he described as personal attack on his person by Nwoye, said there was no trouble in the party, describing the gathering as a brotherly affair. He said: “We do not have any trouble and we are here to further the cause of our party. “People were querying the guideline given by the NEC of the party and I said no.
The issue was over zoning of positions. “We said go to the ward and if anyone had resigned, we replace him, because this is a brotherly contest.” Amidst the confusion and charged atmosphere, security operatives were shooting in the air to scare those trying to attack dignitaries. Senator Ngige was hurriedly moved out of the charged venue of the harmonisation exercise.