Igo Aguma chairs virtual meeting… few party men attend
Igo Aguma, ‘acclaimed Chairman’ of the Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State Saturday presided over a virtual meeting which was expected to set the tempo of activity within the party.
It would be his first since a Port Harcourt High Court pronounced him the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee after a legal tussle that lasted for months.
Former governors as well as National and State Assembly members who by the APC Constitution are statutory members were invited to participate in the visual meeting which was facilitated by Zoom, a digital platform.
Images of the new helmsman whose declaration as Caretaker Committee chairman of the Rivers APC is being challenged, was seen on the social media in front of a computer presiding over the virtual meeting.
But attendance, a critical factor in deciding the acceptability of Aguma’s leadership, may have been scanty, going by information that is reaching our news desk.
Our sources who said the kind of response which was anticipated by members of the Igo team did not materialize.
The Port Harcourt Telegraph has learnt through dependable sources that no more than five participants hooked unto the platform for the meeting.
Persons loyal to the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi kept a safe distance from the meeting, apparently in realization of the fact that the matter is reportedly in court.
Earlier, the chairman appointed by the National Secretariat whom most mainstream party members still consider authentic had urged the statutory members to stay out of Saturday’s Zoom meeting.
Igo’s team prior to the meeting dispelled claims that the matter was in court, saying no one has appealed against the judgment of Justice Omereji in any court of law.
Livingstone Wechie who is driving the publicity machine of the new team claimed after the meeting that it was well attended.
Obviously responding to claims that many statutory members shunned the meeting, Wechie noted that only a handful of persons actually stayed away from the deliberations. According to him, 10 persons whose names he did not give stayed away from the said meeting.
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