The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday concluded the process of installing its leadership structure in Abia State by successfully conducting the state congress during which a 31-member state executive committee emerged.
The ward and local government congresses earlier held by the party had generated controversies but the national leadership of the party was said to have resolved the issues thereby paving the way for the state congress to hold.
About 1,040 delegates participated in the state congress supervised by the state congress committee headed by Chief Sunday Akere with the delegates voting for the candidates, who all stood unopposed.
At the end of the balloting, Mr. Fabian Okonkwo from Umunneochi Local Government emerged as the pioneer chairman of Abia APC with Mr. Smart Ebere from Aba South Local Government took the post of secretary.
The congress, which was conducted at the National War Museum, Umuahia, was held under very tight security which made sure that only elected delegates were allowed into the congress venue.
Speaking with journalists after the congress, Akere insisted that the congress was a success, noting that with no opposing candidates, those that put themselves forward were elected unopposed.
The new chairman of the party, Okonkwo, in his post-election chat with journalists, said with the successful conduct of the state congress the process of making APC a ruling party has commenced.
In his remarks, a chieftain of the party, Chief Ikechi Emenike, said the state congress was free and fair as well as all inclusive, adding that the APC had taken its rightful position and the new state executives should be able to transform the party from opposition to ruling party.
Meanwhile, one of the national leaders of APC, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has dissociated himself from supporting any of the factions in the state APC, saying that all members are equal stakeholders.
He made his position known in a statement issued by the South-east zonal spokesman of APC, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, warning that nobody should drop his name in order to gain advantage over others in their quest to control the party’s structure.