Protesters under the umbrella of Coalition of All Progressives Congress Groups have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and Chairman of the party’s Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni, to resolve the crisis bedeviling the Imo state chapter of the party.
Imo APC is enmeshed in crisis following the political differences and feud between a former governor of the state, Senator Rochas Okorocha and the incumbent governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma.
Okorocha was reportedly arrested on Sunday by the Imo State Police Command, allegedly on the directives of Governor Uzodinma, after he (Okorocha) and his supporters stormed Royal Spring Palm Estate, Owerri, and unsealed it.
The protesters who carried banners and placards with different inscriptions such as “restore peace in Imo APC”, “Call Governor Uzodinma to order”, among others on Monday, in Abuja, said it would be detrimental to the party if the political differences between the two political bigwigs in the state is not resolved by party leaders.
Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora, Dr. Kingman Chikelu, said they had submitted 16 complaints to embassies on the crisis in Imo state chapter of the party, and urged APC to end the crisis.
Representative of the Arewa Youth Consultative Council, Toyib Ibrahim also in his speech said, “It is worrisome that the future of Nigeria is threatened in the hands of politicians, who are allowed to bend the law or use the agents of the law to intentionally attack political opponents.”
President of the APC Students Wing, Comrade Tiefa Pete, said,”We are here today to register our displeasure over the silence of the party on this matter. Governor Hope Uzodinma should be called to order. His actions will have serious negative effects on the party, as the role of Sen. Rochas in the formation of the party cannot be overlooked.”