Owerri – Hundreds of women of the Imo state All Progressives Congress, APC, Friday, protested against the APC congresses held in the state. This was, as the state chairman, of the APC, Mr. Hilary Eke, confirmed to Vanguard in Owerri, that the LGA congress will hold on Saturday.
The women who gathered at the Victory chapel Imo Government House, and also marched to the police headquarters, said they were demanding for a new date to be fixed for the Congress, and prosecution of those was involved in the alleged irregularities in the congresses.
In a communique signed by 27 APC women leaders, led by Ugochi Nnanna Okoro, said: “We condemn in its entirely the actions of some fraudsters whose actions/inactions truncated the ward congresses scheduled for 5th May 2018 and subsequently congresses.
“We condemn and do not accept the hijacking of electoral sensitive materials meant for the ward congresses."
“We demand for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Chief Inibehe Okori, Osita Izunaso, Ifeanyi Araraume, Theodore Ekechi, Kelechi Nwagwu, for bolting away with electoral materials they received for the ward congresses".
“Imo women henceforth will not tolerate snatching, hiding of electoral materials, or violence within subsequent elections."
“We demand a new date for a new Congress which should be free and fair. We are ready to go to the field with anybody in a test of popularity. We affirm our loyalty to the party and observance of the rule of law as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
But according to Eke, “The APC, state Congress will hold on Saturday, no going back. The leadership of APC has directed that the Congress will take place. When asked the venue for the Congress, since the party was burnt he said: “There will be stakeholders meeting and in that meeting, the stakeholders will decide the venue. I am not the congress chairman to decide where the Congress will take place."
“So, the stakeholders will come together and the decision will be taken. It is not the state chairman that will say where the Congress will hold.”
Imo APC women protesting in Owerri, against the congresses held in the state.