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Anambra violence was planned to paint APC in bad light - Chris Ngige

Anambra violence was planned to paint APC in bad light - Chris Ngige

- The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, accuses Tony Nwoye of rehearsing the ideology which had been a trademark from his former party, the PDP

- He says he is determined to ensure a credible ward congress as the leader of the party in Anambra state

- APC chieftain, Tony Nwoye, accuses Chris Ngige of usurping the functions of the Anambra APC congress committee

The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, has said those who orchestrated the violence that marred the All Progressives Congress (APC) ward congress in Anambra were determined to brand the party as violent.

The Nation reports that Ngige in a statement on Tuesday, May 8, signed by his head of media office, Chikwelugo Obidiwe, accused Tony Nwoye of rehearsing the rogue ideology which had been a trademark from his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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The statement read in part: “What transpired in Awka last Sunday was deliberate and well-planned. It was a desperate determination by Hon. Tony Nwoye to rebrand the Anambra APC the violent way. It was a rehearse of a rogue ideology, which has been a trademark from his former party, the PDP.”

“Many were shocked by the swam of cultists, arsonists and deadly thugs that accompanied him to the venue of the meeting because they thought the aphorism of ‘behaving like the Romans while in Rome’ had impacted some lessons on this political proselytes in the opposition fold. How erroneous they were!

“What happened? Four out of six members of the Anambra State Ward Congress Electoral Committee were swapped with another four from Imo State as a result of the problem in the Imo State chapter.

“Before the swap, however, by Friday evening, sale of forms had commenced and congress progressed effectively in 285 out of 326 electoral wards in Anambra State by night of Saturday even though the four persons billed to come from Imo that morning did not turn up, hence, leaving the two men from the previous committee to supervise.

“When they eventually turned up, the state party leadership rightly reasoned that the way to progress was for them to join the two remaining members of the former committee to bring their assignment to a fruitful conclusion since the exercise had advanced in most of the electoral wards. No need aborting a peacefully progressing process.

"Hence, the four new persons including the Acting Chairman took brief from the State Chairman as well as from the two persons still left of the previous committee – that is, Engineer Musa Yunusa and Engineer Aloma Nzeocha.”

"However, the statement said a quick stakeholders’ meeting was requested by Nwoye and the party leadership obliged him in the spirit of openness and “to avoid unbalancing his sense of self or offend his vanity”.

“However, little did it occur to any that the forum was to afford him the much-needed opportunity to unleash his brigand hordes and cause mayhem. Many hence, have learnt the warning from the Trojan priest to always “fear the Greeks, even the ones bearing gifts.”

“A simple explanation by the Minister of Labour that Congress had successfully held in most wards before the arrival of the new team was all that provided Nwoye and his gang a trigger. That innocuous explanation was all that flipped the lid.

“Before descent to the dastardly, Nwoye had said there was no congress in his wards, that he was waiting for the new congress committee members to start the process afresh. No doubt, this was an alibi. Calling for a fresh start was to give him enough latitude to hijack and torpedo the process with his outlawry in the areas where he was losing. No one was deceived by this half crafty ruse.

“Because ‘an angry man is always a stupid man’, Chinua Achebe would say, he couldn’t round off his position before his band of thugs were signalled to attack the high table. They took away Engineer Musa Yunusa, having broken two chairs on his head, dragging him in a pool of blood, stripped naked, and fiercely pushing to end him all!

“The Minister already taken to safety by his security, broke away from protection, had to intervene to rescue Engineer Yunusa, almost lifeless. The doctors as we speak battled to save his life at Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi from where he has been transferred to another hospital because of the JOHESU strike."

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The statement said Ngige was determined to ensure a credible ward congress as the leader of the party in Anambra state.

Meanwhile, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Tony Nwoye, has accused the minister of labour and productivity, Senator Chris Ngige of plotting to hijack the party in Anambra state.

Vanguard reports that Nwoye’s allegation was sequel to the reported controversies that trailed the APC congress in the state.

The House of Representatives member who was the party’s candidate in the 2017 Anambra election, claimed that the minister usurped the functions of the congress committee by influencing the harmonization of lists from the wards.

However, Ngige denied Nwoye’s accusations by insisting that there was no problem in the party as every effort was to ensure that APC was properly organized in the state.

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