- The crisis brewing in the Imo state chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) continues to deepen over who controls the party structure
- The drama has taken a different turn as factions loyal to Hope Uzodimma and Rochas Okorocha are claiming to be the authentic leaders of Imo APC
- The Daniel Nwafor-led faction, loyal to Okorocha, has insisted on still conducting the activities of the APC as the state chairman
It appears the crisis within the Imo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is not ending anytime soon.
A report by The Nation indicates that tensions have heightened over who controls the structure of the ruling party.
Factions loyal to the incumbent governor, Hope Uzodimma and his predecessor, Senator Rochas Okorocha are both laying claim to the authentic leadership of the APC.
Macdonald Ebere, loyal to Uzodimma, was elected through consensus as the chairman of the party and was issued a certificate of return by Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, the national secretary of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC).
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However, the Okorocha faction led by Daniel Nwafor in a statement on Monday, February 7, dismissed Ebere as the recognised chairman and insisted that it still controlled the party structure, The Sun added.
The statement signed by the acting publicity secretary, Michael Anyanwu, described Ebere's recognition as a hoax and illegal.
Anyanwu urged the national leadership of the party to respect and uphold the democratic norms and values for which the APC is renowned.
APC, PDP set for showdown at Imo bye-election
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and APC are getting ready to test their political strength in Imo state.
The strength and capacity of the two major parties will be tested during the Ngor Okpala state constituency bye-election scheduled to take place on February 26.
This is an opportunity for former Imo state governor, Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP to show his dominance in his home ground.
Imo state will not be allowed to go down again
Meanwhile, Uzodimma on Saturday, February 5, assured Imolitese that the state will not be overwhelmed by insecurity.
Speaking at the inaugural meeting of the Imo State Elders Council, the governor said that his administration would continue to put measures in place to ensure that peace within the state is sustained.
“Collectively we will defend ourselves from these agents of destabilization, we must work together to save the state. I can't do it alone."