A faction of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Imo State on Saturday defied a court order and held the state congress of the party, amid tension in the Imo State capital following the barricading of APC State Secretariat by Police operatives numbering over 250
The APC secretariat, located at Imo State University junction in Owerri and roads leading to the building were blocked by arms-bearing policemen seen in the area.
The Punch reported that the stern looking policemen, were believed to be acting on the instruction of the new state commissioner of police, Dasuki Galadanchi, to stop the APC state congress following the court order.
The Federal High Court Owerri had in a judgement late Friday asked them not to go ahead with the exercise.
According to the Police Public Relations officer in the state, Andrew Enwerem, the Police were determined to enforce the court order.
Mr. Enwerem threatened that the Police would arrest anybody “who tried to defy the court order in order to conduct the state congress.”
However, the APC faction dribbled the Police security and conducted the state congress in an undisclosed venue.
The idea was to ensure that security agencies who had become partisan did not truncate the exercise, the APC state chairman, Hilary Eke, said.
He told the Punch that over 1,500 delegates from the 305 wards of the state were electing state executive members of the party under the supervision of officials from the national secretariat, and members of staff of Independent National Electoral Commission.
Eke said, “Over 1,500 delegates have elected the state executives.
“The venue of the congress was not disclosed because of security reasons.
“INEC officials and officials of the party from Abuja are here.
“Okorocha is not part of the congress; the delegates are the ones electing the state executive.
“The congress is very peaceful and we are working hard to make sure that the people take back Imo APC.”