Wike plans to frustrate Rivers APC membership registration – APC
Amaechi Okonkwo, Port Harcourt
The Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the state governor, Nyesom Wike, of planning to frustrate the party’s registration/revalidation exercise set to commence on earlier in the week across the country.
The caretaker committee chairman of the party in Rivers state, Isaac Ogbobula, made the accusation in Port Harcourt at the weekend saying the governor was planning to impose a “fresh lockdown in the state”.
Ogbobula said that was part of plans to stop the APC from going ahead with its scheduled membership registration revalidation exercise.
He said, “Wike’s plan is to declare a lockdown in Rivers state so that this registration and revalidation exercise will not go on”, he alleged.
The added; “It is part of the conspiracy. We know and they know that we know. We are five steps ahead of them all the time. He’s conspiring with political merchants, using state judicial institutions to ensure that APC does not move forward.’
Speaking to our correspondent via telephone, he said that, against the many odds, including two opposing factions and several confusing litigations seemingly standing against the APC in Rivers state, it would go on with the revalidation and registration exercise.
“There is no litigation stopping us from going on with the exercise”, he said. We have a judgment of court protecting us and directing us to go on with the exercise as officers of the party. There is a judgment to that effect, so there’s nothing stopping us from going on with the exercise”.
He explained that the issue of revalidation of membership was national, not a state matter.
On the possibility of factional disagreement affecting the exercise, he dismissed it saying “Faction is a creation of the press.”
Ogbobula explained that the Court of Appeal had set aside the judgment of Justice George Omereji on which Igo Aguma was claiming chairmanship of a faction of the party.
The Court of Appeal, according to him, held that party had the power to create caretaker committees, appoint and swear them in and they function as a normal executive committee. “So where is the faction coming from?”, Ogbobula queried.
Also speaking, a former member of the House of Representatives and acting publicity secretary of the APC, Ogbonna Nwuke, said that the national secretariat of the APC would unfailingly commence the revalidation of its membership in Rivers state in accordance with relevant directives issued to that effect.
He said that members of the party in the state were in high spirits regarding the exercise saying “reports being received from across the state indicate that old and intending members will turn out in their units, wards and local government areas to participate in the exercise”.
He added; ‘Our expectation is that the exercise will go on smoothly even though we have learnt that there may be certain persons who are planning to disrupt it.
There are reports that a Port Harcourt High Court may have issued a restraining order. As a person, I have not physically cited the said order.
He confirmed that despite attempts to scuttle the exercise in Rivers state, would rely on an Abuja high court judgment, which cleared the path for the revalidation exercise.
Also, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, a chieftain of the party corroborated the earlier statements saying that the so-called internal wrangling within the party in Rivers state was a thing of the past as the national body had dissolved all other existing factions of the party.