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APC crisis in Imo State, above Osinbajo

Peace meeting brokered by Osinbajo ends in stalemate as Imo APC crisis persists.
The peace meeting brokered by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to resolve the crisis in the Imo State All Progressives Congress (APC) following last week’s fractious ward congresses, has ended in a stalemate.
The Vice President had Thursday met behind closed-doors separately with Governor Rochas Okorocha and his camp, and the other faction including the deputy governor, Prince Eze Madumere, but his efforts yielded no results as the different camps stuck to their guns.
Governor Okorocha who spoke to the State House correspondents after the lengthy meeting, insisted that there was no congress held last Saturday, and that there will be a new congress, while his estranged deputy, Madumere, said they have been able to convince Prof. Osinbajo with documentary evidence that congress actually held.
The first group to meet with the vice president was the political stakeholders led by Madumere, which had in attendance, Senators Ifeanyi Ararume, Osita Izunaso and Benjamin Uwajumogu, Okorocha’s former Commissioner for Information, Theodore Ekechi, among others. Then Okorocha in company of his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, whom he had endorsed as his preffered APC governorship candidate in the 2019 election came nearly an hour later, after the meeting with the Madumere camp had commenced.
Recall that Governor Okorocha who is Chairman of the APC’s Governors Forum had last Sunday, rushed to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina State alongside Chairman of Nigeria’s Governors Forum and Katsina State governor, Abdulaziz Yari, to complain about his disappointment with those mandated to conduct the congress.
Speaking to journalists, Okorocha said, “There will be new Congress, there was no Congress at all in Imo State. And it is very clear that even the supporting documents and videos show that there was no congress. INEC has confirmed no congress, security agencies have confirmed no congress, the party leadership has confirmed no congress, the party chairman has spoken no congress. And, nobody came to the field, the result sheets was missing and it was traceable to the national organizing secretary’s house and all of a sudden the chairman of the panel disappeared from his house at 6pm in the evening, how could there have been Congress? The matter is being investigated by the security agencies”.
Asked why he still came for the meeting if it was established that there were no congresses, Okorocha said, “I didn’t come with them, I came for different thing all together. I didn’t come for this meeting.”
When reminded that the chairman of the APC in the state said there was congress, the governor said, “Okay, we can also give you a video showing clearly where he said there was no Congress on that day. You know, these are manipulations that will not yield any result, they know the truth.”

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