Saturday congresses of to elect new executives of the All Progressives Congress ended up in violence and confusion as politicians from other camps within the party resisted attempt by leaders to impose their loyalist.
An instance is that of Edo State, the APC Nationanl Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun’s state, where the congress was held across the 192 wards but he did not take part in the exercise at his ward 2 in the Oredo Local Government Area where he registered.
“Chief Odigie-Oyegun has more pressing issues begging his attention than the ward congress,” Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Mr. Chris Azebamwan, told Punch.
“That he was not physically present does not mean that he was not part of the process. He was not a candidate at the ward level, so he did not need to be physically present.”
Also, President Muhammadu Buhari joined other members of the APC in Katsina State to participate in the ward congress.
The State Governor, Aminu Masari, accompanied the President to the Bayajjida Model Primary School in Daura, venue of the congress.
The President interacted with party members at the venue where he further explained to them why he seeks a second term in office.
The chairman of the APC monitoring team for the state, Mr. Mohammed Zakari, said necessary machinery had been put in place by the party to address grievances and complaints.