The Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday elected a new State Chairman, Daniel Nwafor, during the state congress held at the Imo International Convention Centre (IICC), Owerri, Imo State.
Recall that the Federal High Court sitting in Owerri, had ordered for fresh congresses in the state, after it nullified the one earlier conducted by a faction of the party for flouting the provisions of the constitution of the party.
The party consequently rescheduled the ward, local government and state congresses in the state in compliance with the court judgment.
The party had, on Friday and Saturday, elected wards and local government area officers amidst heavy security presence.
The party also elected other members of the State Working Committee.
Many chieftains of the party in state were visibly absent. They include state Department Governor, Eze Madumere, Senators Benjamin Uwajumogu, Ifeanyi Araraume, Hope Uzodimma, Osita Izunaso and other top members of the party.
However, Chairman of the Congress Committee, Adesayo Ojo, expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the exercise, noting that it complied with the extant rules of the party.
He said that members of the Committee worked tirelessly to ensure that the exercise was hitch-free, while charging the newly elected state executive members to work together as a team and bring back all aggrieved members to the fold.
Ojo also tasked the State Working Committee to ensure that they reposition the party ahead of the 2019 general elections, so that the party will record landslide victory at all levels.
In his speech shortly after his inauguration by the Chairman of the Congress Committee, Nwufor pledged to run an inclusive leadership that will carry every member of the party along.
According to him, the State Working Committee will as a matter of urgency, constitute a reconciliation committee that will reach out to all aggrieved members and settle all areas of dispute.
He also hinted that the new state leadership of the party is poised to deliver the party 100 percent in the 2019 elections, adding that, “we are going to embark on aggressive membership drive to further strengthen our party and position it for victory”.
According to Nwufor: “We are not going to leave anyone behind we are going to run an inclusive administration that will give every member equal opportunities. We are also going to quickly put machineries in motion to reach out to all aggrieved members of our great party so that together we can make our party greater.
Certifying the Congress, a delegation from the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Imo State Office, led by Victor Nwokeabia, the Head of Admin and Monitoring, said that the exercise met with the provisions of the constitution of the party.
He said: “We are here in compliance with the Electoral Act which mandates INEC to monitor activities of political parties including congresses of this nature and we are satisfied with the conduct of the APC State Congress held in Imo today”.
The State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, who participated in the exercise, described it as “the legitimate exercise”, noting that the “previous Congress purportedly held in the state was illegitimate”.
He said: “You can see with the turnout today that this is the legitimate congress because when you are allow party members choose their leaders, it will deepen internal democracy”.
The Governor congratulated the elected party officials and charged them to work hard and conduct the affairs of the party in line with constitution.