Raphael Ede, Enugu
The Enugu State APC faction led by the party’s South East National Vice Chairman, Chief Emma Eneukwu, has re-elected Dr Ben Nwoye as state chairman for a second term in office.
Nwoye was re-elected on Sunday at the concluding part of the state congress of the party, held inside the Indoor Sports Hall of Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.
Party bigwigs in attendance included the National Vice Chairman, South East, Emma Eneukwu, the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, Group Captain Joe Orji (retd), and Emperor Baywood Ibe, amongst others.
About 2000 accredited delegates from all the 17 local government areas of the state participated in the congress.
The exercise had earlier commenced on Saturday, but midway through angry members of the party, who demanded a transparent and inclusive congress, stormed the venue and violently chased everybody away.
However, the five-man congress, led by Charles Brown, reconvened Sunday morning as supposedly directed by the APC national secretariat, to conclude the exercise.
The exercise was witnessed by the Independent National Electoral Committee (INEC) and relevant security agencies.
The Secretary, Robert Eze, Publicity Secretary, Mrs Kate Ofor, and other members of the executive, were returned unopposed for a second term.
Speaking at the secretariat, the DG of VON, Okechukwu, commended the party faithful for their commitment, dedication and faith in the party.
Okechukwu assured that the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari would fulfill all his promises to the people of South-East.
He also assured the Igbo people that if they vote Buhari in 2019 General Elections, then in 2023, an Igboman would become President of Nigeria.
He said Buhari had been shopping for money to invest in transportation, road infrastructure and electricity, which would benefit Igbo people.
Earlier, Eneukwu noted that those who participated in the congress were not rented crowds or mercenaries, but loyal partymen.
The National Vice Chairman said, “It is written that Ben Nwoye will be the chairman of the party.”
“I am not among those that will build a house and bring a mad man to occupy it. As we have trekked from the Stadium to this place, let us with the same strength return APC, return Buhari, and return a governor to this state in 2019,” Eneukwu said.