The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, on Sunday escaped a mob attack at a meeting of the All Progressives Congress in a hotel in Awka, Anambra State.

The meeting, it was gathered, was for the harmonisation of the results of the party’s ward congresses held on Saturday.

As gunshots pervaded the scene, Ngige was whisked away by security agents.

Security personnel repeatedly shot into the air to scare the mob who charged at the minister.

The protesters alleged that the minister was trying to rig the result of the ward congresses in his favour.

A member of the state’s ward congress committee, who was identified only as Ali was not that lucky to escape as he was beaten to a pulp and stripped naked on allegations that he was among those drafted to the state to work for Ngige.

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The candidate of the  APC in the November 18,2017 governorship election in Anambra, Tony Nwoye, had openly accused Ngige in the meeting of plotting to hijack the party in the state.

Some members of the party who spoke said the attack on Ngige was premeditated.

“Nwoye and his people are still aggrieved over the role played by Ngige during the governorship election where Tony Nwoye lost.

“They also believe that he is still working to hijack the party and remain lord in the state. That is the main reason for the attack  on Ngige,” a party member said.