It seems all APC meeting across states over the weekend turned bloody, as it has just been reported that Nigeria’s Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige reportedly escaped a mob attack in APC meeting in Anambra State.
Chris Ngige was at a meeting of the All Progressives Congress in a hotel in Awka, Anambra State, for the harmonisation of the results of the party’s ward congress held on Saturday. Punch reported that gunshots pervaded the scene as Ngige was whisked away by security personnel, who repeatedly fired repelling shorts into the air to scare the mob who charged at him.
The Mob who accused the Minister of trying to manipulate the result of the ward congress in his favour, however attacked a member of the state’s ward congress committee identified as Ali, who they assaulted and stripped naked on allegations that he was among those drafted in the state to work in favour of Ngige.
The attack came after the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in last year’s governorship election in Anambra, Dr Tony Nwoye accused Senator Chris Ngige of plotting to hijack the party in the state.
Nwoye told Ngige that he was usurping the functions of the Congress committee by stating that ward congreses held on Saturday when it did not. Nwoye said he was refraining from speaking because he may be accused of being bitter because he ran and lost election on the platform of the party.
He said, “Some of you here worked against me during that election, but my joy is that I lost the election and they lost too, because they have not risen themselves.
“We have failed as a party because we do not have any position in Anambra, but It will not work for people to put this party in their pocket so that they can write election results in their houses.
“I will not let Ngige take the function of the panel. We have a panel that is supposed to conduct that congress, and they just came here today(Sunday), whereas you are trying to tell us that elections have been held yesterday. How can Ngige be the one to conduct the congress when there is a committee.
“As at 7pm on Saturday, people were being denied the forms because thy want to contest for positions, and what that means is that the forms have been given out to those they like. We will not let that happen.”
Meanwhile, Senator Ngige who took offence over what he described as personal attack on his person by Nwoye explained that there was no trouble in the party, describing it as a brotherly affair.
The Minister had also earlier explained that: “We do not have trouble here and we are here to further the cause of the party.
“People were quering the guideline given by the NEC of the party, and I said no. The issue was over zoning of position. We said go to the ward and if anyone resigns, we replace him, because this is. Brotherly contest.”