No fewer than Ten All Progressive Congress, APC local government chairmen in Imo State have gone into hiding.
Rift broke out in the party when Governor Rochas Okorocha alleged that some politicians took an oath in exchange for their loyalty to a governorship aspirant in the party.
The Chairmen are said to have pledged their allegiance to a governorship aspirant after they fell out with Okorocha and the APC State Chairman, Hilary Eke citing lack of funds, a key factor that has impoverished them for a long time.
The aggrieved chairmen had further alleged that their families have been ravaged by poverty despite the fact they hold key positions in the party They were reported to have gone to Abuja on the promptings of the governorship aspirant where they lamented the matter to some national officers of the party.
None of the Chairmen had been sighted since the face off broke out two weeks ago. Most of them had gone underground for fear of victimization. Our Reporter who spoke to one of the alleged oath taking chairman said “I had to go underground for fear of reprisal” He did not confirm if he had been threatened since the rift broke out in the party.
To further confirm that the accused chairmen had gone into hiding was the noticeable absence of Alex Nwachukwu, the LGA chairman of Owerri municipal APC who did not show up at the party’s rally held recently at Mann Street Primary school, Owerri. In his place, a new chairman was announced as leader of the party in the area.
However, in a show of solidarity, 17 LGA chairmen of the party pledged their loyalty to the Governor and the party leadership.
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