The All Progressives Congress (APC) chairmanship aspirant for ward 10 (Jeremiah III) in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, Mr. Jeremiah Oghoveta was yesterday stabbed to death following an unprovoked attack on him allegedly by a yet to be identified member of his party.
The incident was said to have occurred prior to the commencement of the congress to the elect executive committee for the party at the ward level.
A source said the party chieftain was stabbed by the assailant while waiting for materials and party officials to arrive for the conduct of the congress, adding that there was already a harmonised list of executive members to douse tension before the unprovoked attack.
Meanwhile, in Aniocha South Local Government Area where Sunday Sun monitored the congress, the exercise was generally peaceful, although there were few wards where parallel congresses were held.
In ward 08 (Ejeme-Aniogor), where the party was able to harmonise, Mr. Stanley Ogbechie, emerged as party ward chairman. Also, there was consensus at ward 06 (Ubulu-Uno), where Mr. Alex Onwusai emerged as party chairman.
However, the party failed to reach consensus at ward 10 (Adonte) where option A4 was adopted. Two candidates contested the chairmanship position with Pastor Nick Okonkwo defeating Mr. Chucks Odume.
The report of parallel congresses in some wards of the locality could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report.
A member of the party who asked for anonymity, told Sunday Sun reporter at Ejeme-Aniogor that most of the party leaders were able to reach consensus, adding however that “since the harmonised list appeared not to have favoured some bigwigs who are eying elective offices in the 2019 election, they decided to organise their own congresses in some wards in Aniocha South where they felt that they have some presence. The APC congress committee monitored the parallel congresses.
“But what I can also confirm is that such dissenting voices are very few. Majority of the governorship aspirants have collapsed their groups into the Emerhor/Enuha tendency, and they agreed on the harmonised lists that were used to elect ward party executives. They have also given their word to work with whoever emerges as governorship candidate and ensure victory for the party in next year’s election.”
However, a party stakeholder in ward 07 (Akumazi) in Ika North East Local Government Area of the state condemn rubbished the exercise, saying that there was nothing like congress in his area.
He accused the state party leader, O’tega Emerhor of hijacking the entire process, noting that the governorship primary would be for the highest bidder.
Large turnout in Lagos as Ambode lauds peaceful conduct
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The ward congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) witnessed massive turnout in Lagos yesterday, though there were reports of infighting in parts of the state.
Commenting on the exercise, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode commended the peaceful conduct of the election across the 337 wards in the state. The exercise, it was learnt, started mostly around noon instead of the 10.00am due to logistics issues and intra-party challenges.
Security was tight in many areas as the military, police and other security agencies, were at most centres, even as there were reported cases of fighting in Isolo, Ijaye-Ojokoro and Somolu areas of the state.
In many centres, the different camps within the party resorted to ratification for a smooth exercise. For instance, in wards A5 and A6 in
Epe Local Government, the idea of using option A4 for the congress was set aside party leaders held a meeting.
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In ward A6, where Gov. Ambode witnessed the exercise, he personally resolved opposition to the list by talking to some aggrieved members.
Chief Lanre Razak told the governor that the list was compiled in line with the directive of the party leadership. He said this followed a consensus among them to weed out old executives and appoint fresh ones.
Ambode commended members of the party for turning out in large numbers for the exercise.
It was further gathered that the members of the group protested against the inability of Abe’s supporters, who paid for forms but could not get the nomination forms.
While Abe’s supporters were protesting the process leading to the ward congress, supporters of Amaechi, it was alleged, defied the court order secured by Abe’s loyalists, on the eve of the ward congress, and decided to go ahead with the election.
The confusion was further heightened when Amaechi declared on radio, yesterday morning, that there were no electoral materials as the process would be determined by Option A4.
He was quoted as saying: “No materials are needed for the ward congress. We are using Option A4, whereby people will queue behind a candidate of their choice. Anyone, who says he is popular should be able to show it during the ward congress.”
However, the electoral materials for the ward congress arrived late in virtually all the centres visited. The electoral officers were yet to arrive with the materials as at 11.55am, in Ward 4, in Port Harcourt Local Government Area and around Baptist School in the metropolis.
Two operational Toyota Hilux vehicles were seen parked very close to the polling unit at Ward 4. At Ward 11, in Port Harcourt Local Government Area, the materials arrived at 12.30pm.
Sunday Sun noted that the ward executive was dissolved at 2pm, while voting commenced at 2.20pm.
Chairman of Ward 11, Daniel Chinda, who spoke on the development, said he was re-contesting for the position of chairman.
He stated that the ward executive was not aware of any court injunction restraining the party from conducting the ward congress.
The St. Andrew’s Model Primary School, at Diobu, Mile 1, by Emenike Junction, comprising wards 12, 13 and 14 was locked. No APC official, party members, electoral officials and materials were seen in the premises of the primary school.
Checks showed that no ward congress took place at Ward 2, in Tai Local Government Area. The Publicity Secretary of the ward, Prince Young, said no voting took place. He added that no official from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was seen in Tai up to noon.
As at 2.30pm, most polling units in the wards at Obio-Akpor Local Government Area were empty.
However, in a few wards that had electoral materials, voters queued up waiting patiently for the exercise to proceed.
The ward congress election of the Abia State chapter of the party, which commenced yesterday, will be completed today.
The State Chairman, Mr. Donatus Nwankpa, who addressed newsmen said that it became necessary to extend the election.
He said that the party leaders in the state and congress committee met earlier yesterday to resolve some issues in the party to ensure a free, fair and credible congress.
His words: “We had a little tension in the party earlier. So we thought there was need for us to address areas of grievances and areas that would bring possible break down of law and order, because of what is happening in the congress held in other states.
“APC is a ruling party and there are a lot of conflicting interests in the party, so what has taken place today (yesterday) is an arrangement for a hitch free congress.”
He explained that no harmonization had taken place between the two factions in the state chapter of the party, adding, “what APC has called for is congress and harmonization.”
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