By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA — FORMER Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chris Ngige, who is the chairman of Action Congress of Nigeria’s, ACN, National Convention Committee, has said the party would capture more states in the country during the next election going by the inroads it was making across the country.
Addressing supporters in Awka during the state congress of the party at the weekend, Ngige said there was every reason for members of the party in Anambra State to remain steadfast and hopeful that things would soon be better for them.
“In 2007, we had only one state which is Lagos, but now we have three more namely, Edo, Ekiti and Osun.
“We are repositioning the party in all parts of the country and in Anambra State, if the Court of Appeal in Enugu decides in favour of Hope Democratic Party, HDP, in the appeal filed by the party, we should then expect a brand new election petition tribunal to handle our governorship petition and I assure you that in the next few months, we will get to the promised land,” he said.
Actual voting in the congress did not start until 5:00 p.m. and ended about 11:00 p.m., while counting of votes ended at 3:00 a.m. yesterday.
Chief Amechi Obidike from Anambra East Local Government Area emerged the state chairman during the state congress.
He polled over 700 votes to defeat Chief Ezenwa Ekwuaju who scored about 500 votes.
Chief Angus Aniegbonam from Dunukofia Local Government Area was returned unopposed as deputy chairman, while Mr. Emeka Ibe defeated Chief Aniazoka Zokas to emerge the state secretary.
The election of women leader was cancelled and the two contestants, former women leader, Mrs. Amaka Obi, from Idemili North and Mrs. Patience Eboh from Njikoka, would have to wait for sometime to know the winner. No reason was given for the cancellation.
Nine officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, led by Mrs. Ofong Nkechi Abigail, Head of Public Relations of the commission in Anambra State, monitored the congress.
Though the election went on smoothly, some of the defeated candidates still complained. For instance, Ekwuaju, who contested for the position of state chairman, said he was not happy with the way things went.
The congress also witnessed some intrigues as two distinct line ups were freely circulated at the venue, while some of the candidates campaigned freely while waiting for the exercise to commence.
It was gathered that the positions were zoned before the congress, although Ngige warned before the commencement of the exercise that the delegates should be free to vote any candidate of their choice.
The newly elected chairman, Obidike, assured ACN members that a new dawn had come for the party in the state, adding that people would know the strength of the party during the 2011 general elections.