The expected Congress to elect fresh officers of the executives of the Ward, Local Government and State officers of the All Progressive Congress, APC in Imo State has taken a new dimension.
Key stakeholders in the party including those seeking to pick the party’s governorship are waiting for the National Working Committee, NWC to decide on the date of the congresses for Imo State. Intense lobbying on NWC members in Abuja is also ongoing by agents of the two camps in Imo APC.
This newspaper however gathered that the NWC may reschedule the date of the congress for Imo State due to ongoing pressure from stakeholders in Imo APC.
Those elected at the congress such as the party chairman, youth leader, secretary and two other officers are to form the bulk of the delegates that will elect party’s flagbearer’s at the Primary. This is aside the list of special delegates list from Imo State which has not been released by the party’s national headquarters.
The accumulation of events in the party has heightened anxiety within the camps of the Rescue Mission of Governor Okorocha and the Senator Ifeanyi Araraume camps. The two blocs in the party are alleged to making frenetic efforts to get the party schedule a date for Congress this February which is expected to be announced this week by the National Working Committee of the APC.
Already, the two camps in the party in the state have outlined their loyalists to take part in the congress with the aim of emerging victorious. A victory for any of the camps during the congress will give a huge boost to the aspiration of those determined to secure the party’s governorship ticket.
And as part of the strategy to gain control of the soul of Imo APC, the two camps have erected solid political structures with vast membership across the State. Aside the Rescue Mission group of the Governor, his Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu who is in the race for the governorship has created a political structure tagged Ugwumba Movement.
Senator Araraume has strongly revived his Destiny organization which is more than 12 years old and has deep political tentacles across the State.
In a bid to get the corner the party before the congress, both groups have been enticing their members and party officials with promises of loans and other incentives. Though some party members said they are yet to receive any form of patronage, it was observed that it could be deliberately delayed for the date of the congress to be announced.