LEGISREPORTS NG – Suspicion, disagreement and bickering became the lots of All Progressives Congress (APC) during their state congress as key officials have launched accusations against themselves.
They have also pointedly alleged that the Chairman of the State Harmonization Committee, Hon. Alex Irek was acting the script of a particular Governorship aspirant of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party [PDP], autocratic and also setting aside due process in the conduct of the party ward congress in the state The congress was shifted from last Saturday to Wednesday following late arrival of materials from the national secretariat of the party.
The bickering affected the early release of materials for the exercise as Hon. Irek and the committee Secretary, Hon. Victor Okon were said to have together manipulated and changed the list of congress officials for some of the wards and local government areas.The officials were charged with the responsibility of among other things collecting materials and using same to conduct the congress at the wards.
Large scale irregularities characterized the congress as a result of the bickering and subsequent manipulations.Some members of the party expressed displeasure with the conduct of the exercise in the state.A source said on grounds of anonymity that ‘’there was a deliberate effort to doctor the list of congress officials for the northern senatorial district of the stat and that informed the shifting of the congress to Thursday because there was a stiff resistance to that act of manipulation.
The source continued ‘’List of congress supervisors were changed by Irek and Victor Okon at will and replaced with those of their cronies.’’In the central senatorial district, incomplete materials were distributed to the supervisors as ‘’result sheets were missing among the items released to us,’’ an official who was in Abi to conduct the exercise complained.Another source informed that materials for Obubra local government area were only complete for 4 wards where Hon. Irek has strength while others were denied result sheets.
In the southern senatorial district, congress did not hold in Odukpani local government area following disagreements in the choice of congress supervisor’s list to pick between two factions.Reports say the Congress Committee from the National Secretariat of the party decided to shift the congress for Odukpani local government area indefinitely until the issue is resolved.In Calabar Municipality, reports say some wards witnessed violence and hijacking of materials.
Eye witnesses disclosed that materials for wards 7 and 8 were seized from the supervisors at gun point while congress was postponed in Ward 6 following threat to peace.Some members who spoke on the development pointed accusing fingers at the party leaders, Irek and Okon, alleging that they caused the release of materials for Ward 6 to a chairmanship contestant in the local government area.According to them ‘’it is clear that the twosome have conspired against the party by acting the script of the ruling PDP using the ANPP machinery in the APC.‘
All we are experiencing in APC today is propelled by the inordinate intentions of Hon. Irek and his cohorts who are members of the defunct ANPP to plant one Mr. Abam Ramsey, believed to be adopted by a PDP governorship aspirant as a mole in APC and supported to become the chairman of the APC so that in event he looses the PDP primaries he would have an easy ride as the APC governorship candidate or better destabilize the party’s effort at a victorious 2015 if he finally gets the PDP ticket.’’
They said ‘’their first permutation failed when the N150,000 they shared to some members to support the zoning of the party state chairmanship seat to the central senatorial district could not still guarantee their agenda.’’A source alleged that ‘’Irek personally went round sharing money to ensure that apart from the central district taking the slot, Mr.Abam Ramsey [from Etung in the senatorial district ]would be later handpicked for the position to allow them perfect the PDP agenda.’
The source furthered that ‘’because that bid has failed, Irek has chosen the tendency of manipulating the congress outcome to his favour.’’Hon. Irek cannot be reached for his reaction on the allegations as his phone was not reachable.However, a former State Chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria [ACN] Mr. Hilliard Eta blamed the poor outcome of the exercise on lack of preparations and proper planning for the exercise.‘
One would have expected that we would have been far more prepared for the congresses, ’’he said emphasizing that the situation calls for deep reflection by the leaders on whether or not they mean well for the masses of the country.‘’I can only call for prayers that the event of the last few days does not lead to a crack in the party”.
This report was prepared by our reporter in Calabar