Umuahia - The All Progressive Congress in Abia has elected a 31-member state
executive committee with Fabian Okonkwo, a legal practitioner, as the chairman.
Other members of the executive are, the Secretary, Smart Ebere, the Organising Secretary, Mike Odoemelam and the Woman Leader, Francisca
The new executive was elected unopposed at a state congress held at the
National War Museum, Umuahia.
In an interview with newsmen at the end of the congress, the state Congress
Committee chairman, Sunday Akere, described the exercise as successful.
‘’The congress went well to the glory of God,’’ he said, adding that the
exercise was supervised by INEC officials and security operatives.
He also said that the congress was all inclusive, saying that ‘’all
the people that collected forms for the congress participated’’.
Akere, who is the Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Osun, denied
allegations that he was bribed to conduct the congress.
He also denied that he and other members of the committee were held hostage
by aggrieved members of the party.
He described as false, the allegation that the congress was conducted by a
faction of the party loyal to Ikechi Emenike, a major stakeholder of the party
in the state.
The new chairman of the party, Fabian Okonkwo, told newsmen that all the
eligible candidates for the congress from the 184 wards and 17 local government
areas of the state participated in the exercise.
He described the outcome of the exercise as ‘’no victor, no vanquished,’’
promising to run an all-inclusive administration.
He also promised to reach out to party members, especially the Interim
Chairman of the party in the state, Donatus Nwankpa, to join hands with him to
build a strong party.
‘’I am going to extend the olive branch to the interim chairman of the party
to support me in the task of building a strong party that will take over
government in 2015 in Abia,’’ Okonkwo said.
However, the interim chairman, Nwankpa, said the exercise
was illegal and contrary to the directive of the national secretariat of the
He regretted that the chairman of congress committee took directive from
Emenike, who he accused of having hijacked the party.
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