Finally, the protracted leadership crisis rocking the Ebonyi State Chapter of the Action Congress of Niger, ACN has been put to an end following the emergence of a new state executives 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 in the state, Elder Igwe by the National Working Committee of ACN and ordered for a fresh state congress which produced the new state executives of the party.
However, the newly elected state working committee of the party was elected in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital under the strong supervision of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. Speaking shortly after the election, the newly elected state chairman of the party in the state, Dr. Sylvester Nwambe described the electoral process as credible and promised to bring unity to the party.
Dr. Nwambe further stated that the party has been properly repositioned to champion liberation of the people of the state, adding that his executive would work in harmony to unite the members of the party.
“Today marked 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 plays a role of a liberator and today just like other states across the country have been liberated by the party from their oppressors, we have no doubts that we are going to achieve greater things in future”
Dr. Nwambe also disclosed that the party would start process of reconciling members of the party in the state, adding that he will run an open door policy to accommodate old and new members into the party which he described as being at the peak of its existence in Ebonyi state ahead of next political activities in the country and Ebonyi state in particular.
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 to the party while insisting that the door is still open for those who have strayed from the party to come back and join the new political movement being championed by the party in the country.
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 new executive of the party.
He described the election as transparent one in the history of state congress in the state, adding that the party has been repositioned to win elections and to lead the people of the state out of political bondage.
Chief Obidike said he was in the state to exercise his powers as enshrined in the constitution of the party as well as in accordance to the electoral law to make sure the new executive of the party was elected in accordance to the constitution of the country.
He further described the new executive of the party as spectacular, adding that with their vast experiences and great integrity, they would surly 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 of the party.
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 leadership to the ward levels, while insisting that the party would be stronger under the new leadership.
Rev. Ogwale further reiterated the readiness of the people of the state to corporate with the new leadership of the party under Dr. 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 Public Affairs, Mr. Sunday Johnson who led other members of INEC in Ebonyi state to monitor the state 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 in the venue to monitor the election to make sure it was conducted in accordance to the stipulated laws concerning the conduct of political party congresses and described the state congress of ACN as commendable.