APC CANCELS WARD AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONGRESS IN RIVERS STATE
The All Progressives Congress (APC) have cancelled its May 5, 2018 ward congress and May 12, 2018 local government congress in Rivers state.
There has been an acrimony between the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi led faction, and Senator Magnus Abe, senator representing Rivers south-east, faction. The two factions have been having running battles and clashes over the congresses. Though Amaechi claimed the exercise went smoothly, Senator Abe insisted that the process was hijacked.
Senator Abe also went to the court to get an injunction to stop the May 12 local government congress from holding but the other faction went ahead with the exercise.
However, the leadership of the APC announced the cancellation of the congresses and rescheduled the congresses for May 19, 2018 and May 20, 2018 respectively. Announcing the decision, John Odigie-Oyegun, the party’s national chairman and Muiz Banire, its national legal adviser, said the decision to reschedule the congresses was taken after due consideration with major stakeholders.
In a statement, the party stated that:
“Consequently, and after considering the logistics involved, the party hereby directs as follows: that the new Rivers state Ward Congress is hereby fixed for Saturday, May 19, and local government congress for May, 20”.
“Party members who had paid but were unable to collect forms for the ward congress, should immediately proceed to the party’s state secretary or its administrative secretary to collect the required form, fill and submit same”.
According to the statement, bank payment has been waived for those who may want to participate or contest in the local government and state congresses.
“Instead, cash payment may be made to the Rivers state secretary or our party state administrative secretary”.
The statement urged party members to remain steadfast in the face of its “current travails” in the state and said the party shall overcome.
It reassured that appeal panels each had been constituted to address issues on the ward, local government and state congresses at the state secretariat.