Confusion As Ebonyi APC Produces Factional Chairman
Crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) has continued to spread across the country.
Ebonyi state is the latest to produce a factional party as 2019 general elections approach.
Armed to teeth security operatives prevented delegates loyal to former Senator Julius Ali Ucha from entering the venue of the state congress on Saturday.
The situation opened a new chapter of leadership tussle in the party as the group loyal to the former Senator proceeded to hold a parallel congress, which led to the emergence of Dr. Sylvester Nwambe.
Ucha's group, after it was prevented, relocated to the APC Party Secretariat to hold its congress where Dr. Sylvester Nwambe emerged as the state chairman of the party.
The Nkwegu Ugbala Grand Arena venue of the congress belongs to a member of Onu's camp, Edward Nkwegu.
Bounce News gathered that factional delegates loyal to the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu were accredited and allowed entrance to the venue before the arrival of other delegates.
The security operatives also apprehended three delegates from the group who tried to gain entrance, while other delegates who clustered at the gate were dispersed with tear-gas and sporadic shooting in the air.
The party has been enmeshed in crisis which was manifested during the wards and local government congresses where both factions held parallel Congresses in the state.
A Chieftain of the party told reporters that the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun connived with Onu's group and allegedly doctored the delegate list which police and INEC worked on.
He stressed that security agencies only acted on the instructions allegedly given to them by the national chairman that any unknown delegates not on the list should not be allowed into the venue.
"The fault was not from the Police. It was the scripts of Oyegun that they acted. It was rather Oyegun who colluded with Onu and his group to doctor the lists of genuine delegates and disenfranchise them.
“A list was sent to police and INEC by the national chairman which they worked to stop authentic delegates from voting. We relocated to our party office to conduct our Congress. We have result sheets and other congress materials to use. Chief Sylvester Nwambe emerged as Ebonyi state chairman of APC" he said.
Another source said that delegates from Ucha's faction were accredited before heading to the venue, only to be barred at the gate by policemen.
"Our delegates were not allowed inside venue by the police. They were teargassed and whisked away inside their hilux vans. The venue is a private property of a member of Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu's faction. So he was the one that chooses who enters with the connivance of the police."
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