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Abia APC elects new 31-member state executive committee

29 April 2014, 13:01

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 Osuwa.

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 party.

He regretted that the chairman of congress committee took directive from Emenike, who he accused of having hijacked the party.

-    NAN

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