Alhaji Abdullahi Bello, the Chairman, Local Government Congress Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia, has commended the peace and unity demonstrated by delegates and chieftains of the party during Saturday’s exercise in the state.
Bello expressed his impression to newsmen on the outcome of the congress, which took place at the state party secretariat in Umuahia.
The chairman said that he was happy with the peaceful conduct of the delegates and party stalwarts throughout the exercise.
He denied knowledge of the conduct of two parallel congresses in the state, saying that there are no factions in the party.
“Abia APC members are united, there are no factions. The congress was peaceful and orderly throughout the state,” Bello said.
He spoke against the backdrop of a parallel congress held at Umuawa Alaocha Primary School in Umuahia North Local Government Area by a faction loyal to Chief Ikechi Emenike, a chieftain of the party in the area.
But Bello said that the committee was not aware of the congress, adding that it only received the result of Umuahia North congress held at the party secretariat in Umuahia.
He said that at about 6 p.m the committee received results from 14 out of the 17 local government areas in the state.
He said that the outstanding results included those of Ohafia, Ukwa East and Ukwa West local government areas, which are far-flung from Umuahia, the state capital.
Bello urged the party to remain united, committed and focused in their collective quest to oust the PDP-led government in the 2019 polls in the state.
“I advise Abia APC to remain united and committed and also work hard so that by 2019 they will occupy the Government House,” the chairman urged.