Police settles APC feud in Sapele
By Victor Igherighe
The recent crisis in the All Progressives Change (APC) Sapele LGA, started on Thursday 24th September, 2015 following an extraordinary meeting of the party convened as part of the collective efforts of the party fateful to defy the inability of the chairman, Chief Lucky Esije and his executives to convene a general meeting of the party barely two years ago after assumption of office.
It was gathered that a vote of no confidence was however passed on the party chairman and other executive officers by over a thousand of the APC members present in that meeting. The exco was said to be dissolved while an interim exco was constituted immediately, and a communique to that effect was subsequently sent to the party national leaders in Abuja including Otega Omerho and the state deputy chairman of the court deposed exco, Cyril Ogodo. Ogodo after receiving the news on the new development in the party, ran to the police alleging that the meeting was illegal thus ordered the arrest of everyone in that meeting.
Although, Ogodo was not present, the differences have been nipped in the bud by the Sapele Divisional Police Officer (DPO) on Wednesday 30th September, 2015 after hearing from both sides. The DPO pleaded with the aggrieved members to allow the sleeping dog lie and allow the party chairman, Chief Esije and exco preside over the party affairs warning that should the Esije led leadership of the party failed to convene the party general meeting within the next three weeks to amend the areas it is lacking, the interim exco would get the full support of the police and take over the party affairs without further delay.
According to the Sapele APC Publicity Secretary, Elvis Ayomanor, who addressed Press shortly after the reconciliation meeting at the DPO’s office, the DPO also assured the party security of lives and properties whenever the party general meeting is holding but vowed never to nurse any iota of hesitation to arrest anyone who takes to violence now that the matter has been settled.
All efforts to get the chairman’s side of the development proved abortive as he said he was not ready to trade words with any of his party members promising to address Press only when it is necessary.