By Amby UnezeÂ in Owerri
The raging war over who controls the structure of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State between Governor Rochas Okorocha and APC Stakeholders under the aegis of Alliance Forces of All Progressives Congress led by the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere has entered a dangerous bend as the party’sÂ secretariat has been set on fire.
This led to the stakeholders accusing each other as being responsible for the fire incident probably to cover some secrets even as the party conducts her local government congresses today.
The Governor, Rochas Okorocha through his chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo said that the act was done by thugs “obviously working for the opponents of the administration and they had hidden under the heavy rain in Owerri at that time, to carry out the disdainful act”.
It should be recalled that APC in Imo has remained a peaceful Party until the entry of those known for thuggery and carrying of ballot boxes into the Party.
Their frustration must have arisen from their inability to convince leaders of APC and Nigerians in general that they didnâ€™t steal the Sensitive materials meant for the Ward Congresses of the Party in the State last Saturday, being May 5, 2018.
According to Government House sources, the fire incident may not be unconnected withÂ tomorrowâ€™sÂ APC local government area congress, which Governor has vowed to stop following his woeful failure in seizing the party structure in the last ward congresses.
Corroborating our sourceâ€™s revelation,Â oneÂ Nwadike Chikezie who is a social media aide to Governor Okorochaâ€™s son-in-law, Hon. Uche Nwosu, the Chief of Staff, government house cited his facebook account name, Nwadike Chikezie at aboutÂ 10 amÂ that â€œImo State Youths insist on ward Congress before LGA congress.â€
Again shortly after bringing the fire under control by the men of the fire service, Nwadike Chikezie again at aboutÂ 5 pm, wrote on his wall: â€œBreaking News: Having failed in their bid to force the National Leadership of the Party, APC to admit that there was Congress in Imo State whereas nothing of such happened, they have resorted to violence and has set APC State Party Secretariat on fire.
“Please, tell them that no amount of impunity will make illegality to be legal.â€ He submitted that the two statements may have been a decoy to deceive the unsuspecting public”.
The Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, Sen. Ben. Uwajumogu, Hon. Emeka Nwajiuba, Sir Jude Ejiogu, Chief Felix Idiga among many others were physically attacked by fierce looking thugs suspected to have been those granted amnesty by Governor Okorocha last Saturday.
There have been allegations that the plot to impeach the Deputy Governor was being sponsored by governor Okorocha. Things came to a head earlier in the week when there was a fracas in the State house of Assembly where some officers were allegedly removed outside the rules of the House to pave way for the impeachment of Madumere, the Deputy Governor.