A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State, Saturday, forcefully broke into the party’s secretariat.
The development has heightened existing tension generated after the just concluded congresses of the party.
DAILY POST reports that Okey Ogbodo, who leads the faction loyal to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geofrey Onyeama, held a meeting of his faction at the secretariat in Park Avenue, GRA Enugu.
Although the re-elected Enugu state APC chairman, Dr Ben Nwoye had earlier scheduled a meeting of his executive at the party secretariat, he was advised to shelve the meeting to avert a total breakdown of law and order in the secretariat.
Ogbodo had petitioned against the re-election of Nwoye in the last state congress, demanding that he (Ogbodo) should be issued with certificate of return as the chairman of the party.
However, the three-man appeal panel from the APC national secretariat dismissed his petition for lacking in substance.
According to our source, the faction was irked that none of its members including the Minister was named in the list of Enugu State delegates to the national convention released by the national secretariat.
Before claiming to be a contender for APC chairmanship early this year, Ogbodo contested for the state chairmanship of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and was defeated by the incumbent Chairman, Augustine Nnamani.
Some members of the APC in Enugu claim that Ogbodo’s foray into the state chairmanship of APC was an attempt by the ruling PDP in the state to destabilise the party, its main challenger in 2019.