Finally, the protracted leadership crisis, rocking the Ebonyi State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has come to an end, following the emergence of a new state executive, led by Dr. Sylvester Nwambe.
The party had been immersed in leadership squabbles, which saw to the expulsion of the former state chairman of the party, Mr. Elder Igwe, by the National Working Committee, which ordered a fresh state congress that produced the new state executive.
The newly elected State Working Committee of the party was elected in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, under the supervision of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. Speaking shortly after the election, the newly elected state chairman, Dr. Sylvester Nwambe, described the electoral process as credible and promised to bring unity to the party.
Nwambe further stated that the party had been properly repositioned to champion the liberation of the people of the state, adding that his executive would work in harmony to unite members of the party.
“Today marks the beginning of a new dawn in the history of our great party in the state as we are witnessing a re-birth of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, which always play the role of a liberator. Today, just like other states across the country, Ebonyi has been liberated by the party from their oppressors, we have no doubts that we are going to achieve greater things in future.”
Nwambe also disclosed that the party would start the process of reconciling members of the party in the state, adding that he would run an open door policy to accommodate old and new members, which he described as being at the peak ahead of next political activities in the country.
The state chairman further stated his readiness to work together with the new state executive committee of the party with a view to fostering unity and cohesion, while insisting that the door is still open for those who have strayed. Earlier, the Electoral Committee chairman and the chairman of ACN in Anambra state, Chief Joseph Obidike commended Ebonyi people for maintaining high discipline in electing the new executive.
He described the election as transparent, adding that the party has been repositioned to win elections and lead the people out of political bondage. Obidike said he was in the state to exercise his powers as enshrined in the constitution of the party as well as the electoral law, to make sure the new executive was elected in accordance with the constitution of the country.
He further described the new executive as spectacular, adding that with their vast experiences and great integrity, they will surely make the party a bride for all, and pilot the affairs of the party to the next level, while calling on trouble makers and mischief makers to steer clear.
Another member of the Congress committee, Rev. Dr. Ogwale O. Ogwale also called for understanding and unity among the members of the party starting from the state leadership to the ward levels, insisting that the party would be stronger under the new leadership.
Ogwale further reiterated the readiness of the people of the state to co-operate with the new leadership under Nwambe to bring unity and transparency in the party while commending the transparent and peaceful nature of the state congress that produced the state executives.
The INEC Head of Public Affairs, Mr. Sunday Johnson who led other members of INEC in Ebonyi state to monitor the congress also described the election as transparent and urged other political parties to borrow a leaf from the party to conduct elections in credible and transparent ways. He said they were at the venue to monitor the election to make sure it was conductedin accordance with the stipulated laws concerning the conduct of political party congresses and described the state congress of ACN as commendable.