Ahead of the All Progressives Congress state congress on Saturday (today), the police have beefed up security at the party’s secretariats across the country.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, several armed security officials were seen on Friday stationed at the party’s secretariat at Acme Road, Ikeja, where the Lagos State congress would hold.
Just opposite the secretariat, some armed policemen were seen standing by an Armoured Personnel Carrier stationed there. Others were seen in patrol vans roaming around the complex to prevent any threats to security. Private security guards manning the secretariat gate were also seen screening visitors entering the party’s office.
Speaking on preparations for the congress, the state APC Assistant Publicity, Mr. Abiodun Salami, said no fewer than 2,500 delegates would elect 27 executive members at the election.
In a related manner, the Commissioner of Police in Abia State, Mr. Anthony Ogbizi, said on Friday that adequate security measures had been put in place ahead of today’s APC state congress in the state.
Meanwhile, there is an indication that the APC state congress in Ondo State will be held at two places as a factional group has vowed to conduct the exercise separately.
It was gathered that the factional group comprised of party members who were supporters of the party’s outgoing state chairman, Mr. Isaac Kekemeke; a former governorship aspirant of the party, Dr. Segun Abraham; a senator representing Ondo North District, Ajayi Boroffice; and a member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Bamidele Baderinwa. Meanwhile, a faction of the APC loyal to the Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, has obtained a court order restraining the APC from holding today (Saturday)’s state congress in the state.
The party members stormed the APC National Secretariat, in Abuja, late on Friday, brandishing an order obtained from a Federal High Court, sitting in Owerri, which directed the party to “maintain status quo” over the conduct of the congresses.
The Secretary of the APC in Imo State, Mr. Obioma Iroagwu who led other party members and aides of Governor Okorocha to the party headquarters, said “the court order” has been served on the party at the state and national level.
Justice Lewis Alagoa of the Federal High Court issued the order on Friday.
The Court Order sighted by our correspondent read in part, “…It is hereby ordered that the Respondents appear in court on the next adjourned date to show cause why the order should not be granted.
“That all parties in the matter should maintain status quo ante bellum.”