Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Delta State chapter Congresses fixed for Saturday July 31st, 2021, fierce looking police officers have taken over the entrance gate of the party Secretariat along Anwai road, Oshimili south local government area of the State.
Over five police Hilux and Sienna vehicles were on Friday July 30th 2021, stationed at the front of the Secretariat.
This is not unconnected to the crisis rocking the party in regards to the sales of Congress Application Forms for Wards, local government areas and State congresses in which three bags were allegedly hijacked by a faction loyal to the State Caretaker Committee Chairman, Prophet Jones Ode Erue.
Contacted for clarification, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Edafe Bright, said the officers are there to provide security.
Meanwhile, an Abuja Federal High Court has banned APC from holding congresses in Imo State.
Justice Valentine Oriji in his ruling on the suit filed by Okey Anyikwa, APC chairman in Ideato south local government area, threatened to invalidate the outcome of congresses if the party disregards the position of the Court.
Anyikwa had approached the Court to stop the APC in the state from going ahead with Saturday’s congresses because of the judgement of the Appeal Court that upheld the tenure of the State Exco elected in 2018.
All action regarding APC congresses in the state are to be placed on hold, pending the hearing of the application slated for August 10th.