Tension and anxiety is now reigning supreme in the Enugu state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over allegations that materials for the Saturday ward congress of the party might have been hijacked by some stakeholders of the party
It was gathered that stakeholders of the party drawn from the 17 local government areas of the state and 260 political wards who were invited for a briefing waited in vain at the party secretariat, GRA, Enugu on Thursday as no member of the committee showed up.
The tension heightened when information filtered in that the secretary of the committee, Ben Kure from Kaduna state, who was sworn in on Wednesday at the National Secretariat of APC in Abuja, had been suddenly replaced.
Our correspondent equally gathered that though the party at the state paid for delegate forms, none of the forms had been received as of Thursday evening at the secretariat in Enugu, paving way for suspicion that the actual delegates may not participate in the exercise
A Chieftain of the party in the state who craved anonymity on the development said ” All the sensitive materials have been given to a member of the committee, whom we learned is taking orders from one of the leaders of the party in the southeast zone.
“The worry is that the little success we have made in bringing members together might kiss the dust if the congress is not well managed.
“Nobody is ready to accept the kind of thing they did in Anambra state during the governorship primary.
“The committee members must come to Enugu and conduct this congress in line with the stipulated guidelines”, a chieftain of the party, Chief Onyeike Ugwu said.
Ugwu, who further alleged that the chairman of the committee may be moved into Enugu state in a “chattered flight and quartered in one of the best hotels in the state”, wondered who was picking the bills.
According to him, “I know that it is not the party that is hiring a chartered flight for the chairman of the Committee.
“To do so will cost millions of naira. So where is the money coming from?”, he queried, warning that caution should be applied “so as not to return this party to war path”.
Efforts to Speak with the State Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party, Dr. Ben Nwoye, failed as none of his mobile phones was available at the time of filing this report.
But, the Enugu State Ward Congress Committee Chairman, Dr Ijeoma Arodiogbu, said the anxiety being expressed by the members were not necessary, saying that his committee members would be in Enugu today (Friday).
“They should have called the national secretariat of the party. Talking about hijacking is part of their job. Nobody has hijacked the process and I am not working for any individual” he denied.
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