The Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Enugu State was on Tuesday invaded by political thugs who disrupted the State Caretaker Executive Committee meeting.
The Secretariat was invaded following the suspension of a former speaker of the State House of Assembly, Eugene Odoh and three other members of the party who were accused of misconduct during the last ward congress.
It was gathered that the political thugs during their invasion seized the cameras of some TV stations who were covering the event, and chased other reporters covering the meeting presided over by the State Caretaker Committee chairman, Ben Nwoye.
Nwoye, who had the backing of other executive committee members of the State Working Caretaker Committee, announced the suspension of Flavour Eze, personal assistant to foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama, El Aja, and Ada Ogbu.
Nwoye noted that the party members were suspended after a committee set up by the state Caretaker Working Committee to investigate their role in the congress, found them wanting.
According to the Committee which investigated the four members, headed by the Enugu East zonal caretaker committee chairman, Chief Anike Nwoga, they were found to have been vested with the responsibility of collating fictitious names in their respective zones which they filed in as ward executives.
It further stated that Odoh and the three other members ‘hired’ some mercenaries who they used in writing fake results of the ward congress at the South-East zonal office of the APC.
Nwoye said: “The result forging scheme was executed by Eugene Odoh, Flavour Eze, Ada Ogbu and El- Aja, and we must say no to this undemocratic conduct.”
“As a country and state, we must say no to these antics and undemocratic acts by some people who do not wish our great party well. We must let them know that power belongs to the people.”
Nwoye during the congress announced the appointment of Chief Tony Ibekwe as the new Acting Zonal Caretaker Committee Chairman for Enugu West chapter of the party, following the death of its former chairman, Ikechukwu Omenkukwu.
Also, Ejiofor Okoloagu was named the state Chairman of the party in the Igbo Etiti local government Area of the state.
Some members of the party, while reacting to the suspension at a hotel in Enugu, said Nwoye has been suspended, insisting that the members involved in their suspension have no powers to convene SEC meeting in the first instance.
Nwoye in his reaction to their statement described the suspended members as impostors.
“I will not respond to them because they are impostors. I just concluded a meeting with the real SEC members at the party office.”
The former speaker, Odoh, in his reaction said, “Nwoye is our former Chairman. He was suspended by over 40 members of SEC this morning and as such couldn’t have had the power or the required number to suspend anyone.”
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