- The All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed reports that its headquarters was sealed
- This was disclosed by the acting national chairman of the ruling party, Hillard Etta
- Recall that the national secretariat of the APC was sealed under instructions from the police IG, Mohammed Adamu
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Amid the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hillard Etta, the acting national chairman, has denied reports that the ruling party’s secretariat in Abuja was sealed by the police, TVC News reports.
Etta made the statement while receiving reports on the Edo state governorship primaries from Senator Ajibola Bashiru.
It would be recalled that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, ordered policemen to seal off the national secretariat of the APC.
The police boss gave the order on Tuesday, June 23, ahead of his meeting with two opposing camps of the party's National Working Committee (NWC) at the force headquarters.
While maintaining that the police public relations officer, DCP Frank Mba, had cleared the air on the issue, the acting APC national chairman declared that there are no factions in the party's National Working Committee (NWC).
He also introduced the national deputy secretary of the party in the person of Worgu Boms.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) on Tuesday, June 23, explained why it sealed off the national secretariat of the APC.
The NPF's public relations officer said that policemen were deployed to the party's office to avoid a breakdown of law and order by some rival factions.
Mba made it clear that the presence of policemen is not a barrier to normal and official activities at the ruling party's secretariat.
In other news, following his suspension as the national deputy secretary of the ruling APC, the embattled self-acclaimed acting national chairman of the party, Victor Giadom, has fired back at his critics.
Giadom said on Monday, June 22, during a press conference that the only way out of the on-going leadership crisis in the party is a convocation of the National Executive Council (NEC).
While speaking with newsmen at the party's national secretariat, Abuja, the embattled APC leader said it was high time the party was handed over to higher organ since the lingering issues are beyond the NWC.
In a related development, a civil society organisation, Centre for Public Trust (CPT), has lamented that the current crisis in the APC is a handiwork of organised centrifugal forces who are interested in capturing the presidency in 2023.
This was contained in a statement issued by the acting senior program officer of the group, Mr. Simon Pam, titled: APC Crisis: The Hand of Esau and the Voice of Jacob.
The non-profit group expressed fear at the turn of events in the APC and predicted that the crisis in Edo state may lead to needless bloodshed during the forthcoming elections.
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