A week after the State Congress of the All Progressive Congress, APC, was held in Imo State which produced new executives at the State level, the Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC, has advised aggrieved stakeholders in Imo and other state chapters of the party on what to do.
The Mai Mala Buni led Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC while setting up Congress Appeal Committees last week, said aggrieved members of the party should not pull down the party that brought them political limelight.
Imo State is among several state chapters of the party political skirmishes among party leaders exist.
Though no parallel congresses were held in Imo State, a faction of the party led by Dan Nwafor has continued to insist that it remains the authentic State Executives of the party. The faction is backed by former Imo State Governor and Senator Representing Imo West, Senator Rochas Okorocha, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume and others.
The duo and their followers had boycotted the party’s congress at the ward, Local government and state levels leaving Governor Hope Uzodimma to take control of the party structure in the State.
But the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, while inaugurating the Appeal Committees, in Abuja, reeled out words of caution for the aggrieved.
Buni was represented at the event by the CECPC Secretary, Senator John Akpanudoedehe.
He said “In a bid to provide development to our people, this party has afforded many of our party faithful, the platform to attain various positions, either elected or appointed, it will still do so for many others going forward. Hence, all true party men and women must see dissensions within the party as family disputes and should not seek to destroy the platform which helped them in times past.
“As a party, we shall ensure that channels of communication are kept open, as in the instant case and as dictated by the constitution of our party. “This Appeals Committee is part of the internal mechanisms so that those who may feel dissatisfied with the States Congresses can approach the Committee and ventilate their grievances through this avenue.
“It is elementary law that he who alleges must prove, so instead of taking issues to the media space, let them put forward their case before this Appeals Committee.
“I urge you all to ensure that fair hearing and justice be your guiding principles in the task entrusted to you” he said