The All Progressives Congress, APC has reacted to the incident which occurred at its State secretariat along Woji Road at GRA in Port Harcourt.

Chris Finebone, State Publicity Secretary of the party, explained that there was no relationship between the screening of State House of Assembly aspirants slated for 2.00pm and the ward and state congresses intended to elect delegates.

“We were supposed to hold a stakeholders meeting which will precede the screening by 2pm”, Finebone remarked.

“The ward Congress is not to be held at the state Secretariat” he went on, rather the congresses he claimed held “at the various wards at the 319 wards in the state and the Congress materials have been moved to all the wards.”

Recall that some aggrieved members of Sen.Magnus Abe faction of All Progressive Congress(APC)in Rivers State on Wednesday staged a protest.

They blocked the party Secretariat in Port Harcourt demanding that the Committee set up by the National Secretariat should do what is right.

The group alleged that a stakeholders meeting which ought to hold with members of the committee panel to agree on the modalities for screening did not take place.

They also alleged the congress materials for the election of Local Government Delegates were hijacked by party loyalists alleged to be supporters of the former Transport Minister, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi.

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Mr Chukwu Olu, one of the Aspirants who spoke to the media called on the National Working Committee of the party to ensure that the screening process of the aspirants is transparent.

Mr Innocent Ajelu,another Aspirant of the state Assembly for Oyibo Local Government Area blamed the National Working body of the party for not calling the state gladiators in the party to reconcile them.

Ajelu called on the National body to take the party back to direct primaries where the masses will vote their choice of candidates and not Indirect primaries.

“We have not been called for any stakeholders meeting, no aspirant list have been published, we have not seen any delegates list, our names are not there, we don’t know what they are doing so the national body should stop this crisis that is going on in this state,”he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the aggrieved protesters who blocked the state Secretariat with different placards were dispersed by gunshots fired in the air by police.

The Police were reportedly drafted to the area to ensure law and order and avert possible destruction of lives and property.