The minister of Labour and employment, Senator Chris Ngige has attracted the wrath of the All Progressives Congress, APC, stakeholders in Anambra State for claiming that those who disagreed with him over last Saturday’s failed ward congress in the State were thugs and cultists.
Ngige had in a statement by his media aide blamed another chieftain of the party, Hon Tony Nwoye for the fracas that engulfed the meeting, which led to shooting.
But responding to Ngige’s comments, a former governorship aspirant of the APC, in a statement on behalf of stakeholders of the party in the state, condemned Ngige for describing his fellow party men who were unhappy with the mode of conduct of the ward congress as thugs and cultists.
They queried Ngige for accepting to sit in a meeting with thugs and cultists if truly he had identified them as such.
Part of the statement which was made available to DAILY POST in Awka read, “It is very unfortunate that Dr Chris Ngige could describe fellow party members who came for the Stakeholders meeting as thugs.
“Stakeholders like Chief George Muoghalu(The Current National Auditor of Our Party),Engr Barth Nwibe(The Current Board Chairman of University of Jos Teaching Hospital),Engr Johnbosco Onunkwo,Chief Azuka Okwuosa and many others came to the meeting on their own.
“Many Issues were raised by the Stakeholders, and the failure of Ngige to justify or provide answers to the issues led to the shouting and fracas.”
The group condemned the violence, and insisted that the infiltration of the list of congress committee by unknown persons, which they suspected was done by the minister was the real reason for the fracas.”
“The First Panelist that came to conduct the Congress did not sell any form neither did they consult we,the Stakeholders. The Sales of Form in those wards or areas as mentioned by Dr Ngige were in the Imagination of Dr Chris Ngige,who is not even a member of the committee.
“There was no name in the list for Anambra and Imo as Yunusa Musa, so how did he get access to Congress forms and Result sheets? That That That is what only Dr Chris Ngige can explain,” they stated.