APC CONGRESS: Balogun takes over from Ajomale in Lagos, as party holds ‘secret’ congress in Imo
Alhaji Tunde Balogun on Saturday emerged the new chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He, and other members of the new executive were chosen through affirmation by the delegates, as there was no election.
Chairman of the state APC Congress committee, Senator Uche Ekwuenife, had earlier announced, that there would be no voting.
Balogun takes over from Henry Ajomale who has held the position of Lagos state chairman for over four terms.
Meanwhile, in Imo State, a faction of the party went ahead to conduct the state congress of the party, despite a federal High court of Owerri order stopping the exercise.
This created some form of tension within the state capital, as the operatives of the state police command numbering over 200 with about 20 operational vehicles barricaded the state secretariat of the party.
There were however reports, that a faction of the party opposed to Governor Rochas Okorocha conducted the state congress at an undisclosed location, despite the court order stopping the exercise.
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According to the APC state chairman, Hilary Eke, who spoke on phone to newsmen, the idea was to ensure that security agencies who had become partisan did not truncate the exercise.
He claimed that over 1,500 delegates from the 305 wards of the state were electing state executive members of the party under the supervision of officials from the national secretariat, and members of staff of Independent National Electoral Commission.
Reacting to the claims, Police Public Relations officer in the state, Andrew Enwerem, said that the Police were determined in ensuring that the court order was obeyed by all members of the party in the state.
According to the Police spokesperson, the Police would arrest anybody “who tried to defy the court order in order to conduct the state congress.”
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