A faction of the All progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi on Saturday night re-elected 31 out the 33 state officials of the party through affirmation.
Only two positions were contested in the election. They include the state party chairman and women leader.
The Ebonyi State Congress Committee chairman, Tony Odeh, who presided over the exercise, put a voice vote for the affirmation and the congress unanimously affirmed the election of the 31 state officials.
The former Acting chairman of the party, Eze Nwachukwu, defeated Patrick Ngbebu in a peaceful election participated by 980 delegates to emerge the substantive chairman.
Mr Nwachukwu polled a total of 775 votes to secure victory over Mr Ngbebu who polled seven votes in the election.
Also, Marcellena Uburu defeated the incumbent state women leader, Tonia Awam, who polled 26 votes against 734 to emerge the women leader – elect.
Joseph Eroogu who bought nomination form to contest for the position of state youth leader later stepped down for Benjamin Nkpuma who was subsequently returned unopposed alongside other candidates.
The chairman of the state congress committee, in a post-congress speech, commended the party for the successful exercise and orderly conduct during the congress.
He urged members with grievances to channel their grievances to the congress appeal panel, warning that complaints would only be entertained from members who participated in the state congress.
“We wish to advice that members with grievances or genuine complaints should channel their grievances or complaints to appropriate quarters.
“Those who abstained from the congress did so at their own prompting and will have no moral justification to complain against the outcome of the congress that produced the new state officials,.
“We conducted the exercise observing all laid down guidelines and also in line with the provisions of party’s constitution,” Mr Odeh said.
He noted that the congress opted for affirmation for the 31 returned state officials as provided for by the party in the congress guidelines because no other aspirants bought nomination forms for the posts.
Mr Nwachukwu, in an acceptance speech on behalf of the other elected officials thanked the party and delegates for the trust reposed in them.
He pledged to carry every member of the party along and also to reposition the party for victory ahead of 2019 general elections.
“The elections of the new state party executives have marked a glorious dawn for our great party in Ebonyi and we are going to explore every available opportunity to consolidate the party in the state.
“We shall run transparent and open administration; shall give everyone a say, a sense of belonging and equal opportunity to achieve their political ambitions,” Mr Nwachukwu said.
He appealed for loyalty to the party, discipline to the party and respect to constituted authority.
He warned that APC under his watch would not tolerate insubodination, anti-party activities and any form of indiscipline that could jeopardise the party’s interest.
“We will not hesitate to invoke necessary sanctions provided in the party constitution to deal with any member or members who try to sabotage the party.
“The supremacy of the party must be respected and discipline in the party must be held sacrosant,” he said.
The Minister for Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu; Martin Elechi, former governor of Ebonyi State; Soni Ogbuoji, incumbent senator representing Ebonyi South Senatorial District among others, participated in the peaceful congress.
Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), police, the State Security Security (SSS), the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) observed the exercise.
Jeff Ogbu was elected state deputy chairman, John Akumah state secretary, Okenwa Uka, financial secretary and Chika Nwoba as Publicity secretary, among others.
The other faction led by Julius Ucha, a former senator, had earlier elected Sylvester Nwambe as it’s state chairman.
Its own congress held at the APC Secretariat along the Enugu expressway.
They had earlier been chased out of the venue of the Nwachukwu led faction’s congress by security agents.
The police also reportedly apprehended and whisked away three delegates from the Ucha group who tried to gain entrance into the Nkwegu Grand Arena.
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