Con­fu­sion in Imo APC over party chair­man

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Johnkennedy Uzoma, Ow­erri

Ahead of the April 23 state congress of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in Imo State, there are spec­u­la­tions that the state gover­nor, Rochas Oko­rocha, may have de­cided who should be the next state chair­man of the party.

The gover­nor was said to have adopted Mr. Hi­lary Eke and Emma Eze­buiro as state chair­man and sec­re­tary of the party re­spec­tively dur­ing a meet­ing of party stake­hold­ers held at the Govern­ment House Ow­erri last Fri­day.

The Gover­nor prior to the meet­ing, had zoned the state chair­man­ship po­si­tion to Ow­erri zone.

Some mem­bers of the party, who said they were present at the meet­ing, de­scribed the ac­tion of the gover­nor as sur­pris­ing say­ing the po­si­tion should have gone to Aboh Mbaise in Ow­erri zone but was sud­denly changed to Ezini­hitte Mbaise.

Im­me­di­ate past chair­man of the party, Prince Mar­shall Okaforanyanwu, ex­pressed shock over the al­leged se­lec­tion de­scrib­ing it as un­for­tu­nate in the life of the party.

Okaforanyanwu who was not at the meet­ing won­dered how and why a party could se­lect his chair­man and sec­re­tary be­fore the congress, say­ing that what tran­spired is out­side the party con­sti­tu­tion.

But Gover­nor Rochas Oko­rocha has de­nied en­dors­ing any­body for any po­si­tion, promis­ing that all as­pi­rants would be given level play­ing ground dur­ing the party congress.

He said that those who left the party did so be­cause they were told that he had adopted some­body, adding that such can­not be pos­si­ble.

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