Imo APC Local Government Congress Postponed
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Local Government congress in Imo State earlier scheduled to hold today May 12, has been postponed until further notice.
The National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and other members of the Party’s National Working Committee confirmed the development in Abuja after a meeting with the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha on Friday.
Oyegun noted that the development became necessary following a fire outbreak that gutted the state’s APC secretariat located along Okigwe road in Owerri, the state capital on the same day, destroying property and vital documents.
He, therefore, stated that a new date for the Congress will be announced in due course.
The incident created a tense political atmosphere as some members alleged that the secretariat was set ablaze by some yet to be identified hoodlums.
According to eyewitnesses, the fire started around 6:00 p.m. during a heavy downpour which made people around the area scamper for safety.
Security operatives and fire service officials were later able to put the situation under control.
While the true cause of the incident is yet to be ascertained, the Imo State Commissioner of police, Dasuki Galadanchi, who later came to access the situation told newsmen that the police will get to the root of the matter.
He assured the people of the state to go about their normal business as the police will ensure the safety of lives and property.
Galadanchi also noted that in the meantime, the APC office will be cordoned off.
Meanwhile, in a statement by his press secretary, the Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha condemned the incident in its entirety.
He warned mischieft-makers not take his high-level political tolerance and unbridled peaceful dispositions for granted or interpret such virtues as weakness.
The governor, therefore, called on the Commissioner of Police in the State to launch a full-scale investigation into the incident and ensure that the culprits are apprehended to face the consequences of their action.