Abia APC declares results of local council congresses

A suppoter tries to display All Progressives Congress (APC) party flag on a pole, during incumbent President Mohammadu Buhari's presidential campaign rally at the Sanni Abacha Stadium in Kano, on January 31, 2019. - Buhari has flag off campaign in Kano, the commercial nerve centre of northern Nigeria to seek re-election at the forthcoming February polls. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP) (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia has declared the results of 15 out of the 17 local government congresses held on Sept. 4.

Mr Onuoha Menyechi, the Returning Officer who announced the results at the party secretariat in Umuahia on Sunday, however, declared Aba North LGA inconclusive.

He also disclosed that the Ukwa-West result was put on hold.

Menyechi, who is the State Legal Adviser of the party, said that the Aba North LGA congress would be repeated on Monday.

Newsmen report that the positions declared were that of chairman, vice chairman, secretary, woman leader and youth leader.

Those declared as chairmen of the various LGAs included Mr Chijioke Nwaogu (Aba South), Mr John Okoro (Arochukwu), Mr Ulu Onwuchekwa (Bende) and Mr Ogbonna Mbakwe (Ikwuano).

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Also declared were Mr Mentor Onyekwere (Isiala Ngwa North), Mr Ezinwa Nwuzor (Isiala Ngwa South), Mr Chinedum Ihesiulo (Obingwa), Mr Emmanuel Nwosu (Ohafia)

Menyechi also declared Mr Ernest Sunday (Ukwa East) Mr Zacheaus Chibuzor (Ugwunnabo), Mr Royal Omokereke (Isuikwuato) and Mr David Ole (Umunneochi)

Mr Samuel Akagu (Umuahia North), Mr Emenike Ulochi (Umuahia South) and Ngozi Ukaegbu (Osisioma).

The returning officer said the copies of the results announced were given to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the police and other relevant security agencies, who monitored the elections.

NAN reports that the party held parallel congresses on Saturday as the faction loyal to Chief Ikechi Emenkie, a chieftain of the party, elected executives for the 17 LGAs of the state.

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NAN reports that the party on July 31 also conducted parallel ward congresses in the state.

Chief Donatus Nwankpa, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party, in a swift reaction denied any faction in the state, though admitted that there could be group interest.

Nwankpa told newsmen that the party conducted the congress pursuant to the ruling by an Ukwa High Court.

“We declare any other congress done outside the legally recognised state apparatus of this party as a nullity,” he said.

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