The All Progressives Congress (APC) has postponed local government areas’ congress slated for Saturday 12th May, 2018), pending receipt of the Appeal Committee’s report on the Ward Congress conducted in the State.
The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, met with the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and other members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) where the decision was reached.
According to the National Chairman, who confirmed the development, a new date for the Local Government Areas Congress will be announced in due course.
According to him, ” Yes, the party has shifted the Local Government Congress in Imo pending the report of the Appeal Committee.”
It was earlier reported that a peace meeting brokered by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to resolve the crisis in the Imo State All Progressives Congress, APC, as a result of the last week’s contentious ward congresses ended up in a deadlock.
The Vice President had in his trouble shooting efforts, met behind closed-doors separately with Governor Rochas Okorocha and his camp and some political heavyweights, including the deputy governor, Prince Eze Madumere, but his efforts yielded no result as the different camps held tightly to their positions.
Governor Okorocha, who spoke to the State House correspondents after the marathon meeting, insisted that there was no congress held last Saturday, and that there will be a new Congress, while his estranged deputy, Madumere, said they have been able to convince Prof. Osinbajo with documentary evidence that congress indeed held.
The first group to meet with the Vice President was the political stakeholders led by Madumere, which had in attendance, Senators Ifeanyi Ararume, Osita Izunaso and Benjamin Umajumogu, Okorocha’s former Commissioner for Information, Theodore Ekechi, among others.
Then Okorocha in company of his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, who he had endorsed as his would-be APC governorship candidate in the 2019 election came nearly an hour later, after the meeting with Madumere camp had commenced.