The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, escaped an attempted attack by youth in Anambra during a meeting of stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The meeting, which held in Awka, the state capital, was aimed at harmonising the differences in the party’s Saturday, May 5, 2018 ward congress. Events changed, when aggrieved members of the party started protesting and charged at the minister, accusing him of manipulating the results of the congress. They accused him of planning to sway the results of the exercise to his favour.
Security personnel on the ground, however, saved the situation as they repelled the mob with sporadic gunshots. And the minister was escorted out of the venue as the security situation heightened. Earlier in the meeting, Tony Nwoye, a member of the house of representatives, and the APC candidate in the state’s governorship election in 2017, had accused Ngige of usurping the powers of the congress committee. According to him: “We have failed as a party because we do not have any position in Anambra, but it will not work for people to put this party in their pocket so that they can write election results in their houses.“I will not let Ngige take the function of the panel. We have a panel that is supposed to conduct that congress, and they just came here today (Sunday), whereas you are trying to tell us that elections were held yesterday. How can Ngige be the one to conduct the congress when there is a committee?” Ngige however denied the allegations, saying the party had no problem regarding the congress. According to the minister, the congress ia a “brotherly contest”, saying that “we are here to further the cause of the party”.