UGO ALARIBE, Aba
The senators representing the three senatorial zones in Abia State have said that no congress was held in any of the 184 wards of the state as scheduled by the party. Addressing a joint press conference in Umuahia, the three senators; Uche Chukwumerije (Abia North), Nkechi Nwaogu (Abia Central) and Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia South) stated that the Tony Caesar Okeke national congress team arrived the Abia PDP secretariat and had a meeting with aspirants, delegates and stakeholders who had earlier expressed fears over alleged plan to hijack the congresses by the state executive. They further alleged that contrary to the guidelines for the conduct of the congresses, party registers of all the 184 wards in the state were not made available
According to them, “The party register of all the 184 wards disappeared. This fact was clearly made known to the Abuja panel during the meeting and the panel gave the assurance that the congresses will follow strictly the party’s guidelines and constitution, all to no avail.
“The Tony Caeser Okeke team’s failure to produce the mandatory election materials for the congresses viz; collation materials ; Identity tags for those to go to supervise the elections; no party registers and even nobody deployed to the field, meant that no congress held. They also accused the Transition Committee Chairmen of the 17 local government areas of moving about with their security and video crew and still photographers taking pictures of the crowds anxiously waiting for the arrival of the electoral officers. “Between 5.30pm and 6pm, the people dispersed to their homes disappointed which means that no congress held anywhere in Abia state. From about 8 pm, we noticed surreptitious movements of non-executive members of the party and government officials carrying pre-prepared fictitious result sheets of papers to the members of the Tony Caesar Okeke led panel in Damgrete Hotel where they were huddled since their arrival after the meeting with stakeholders and aspirants which as earlier noted ended at 2.15pm. Rumour has it that the panel spent most the night compiling these fictitious results into their result sheets.”
The three senators called for a ward congress to be held within the time line of the 2015 electoral schedule according to the constitution of the party.