Imo APC delegates at the ongoing national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) exchanged blows while President Muhammadu Buhari was delivering his speech.
Trouble started after a group loyal to Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, arrived at the stand reserved for Imo delegates.
They asked those loyal to Eze Madumere, the deputy governor, to vacate the seats.
The order was resisted, leading to fisticuffs as the private security guard of the governor called “Okorocha Good Governance ” descended on members of the group.
Hillary Eke, chairman of the anti-Okorocha faction, was forcefully thrown out of his seat alongside other members of the executives.
Osita Izunazo, organising national secretary of the APC who is opposed to Okorocha, was not spared as he was led out of the pavilion.
Similarly the Delta State factions of the party also engaged themselves in free-for-all.
The aggrieved delegates also threw brooms, the party’s symbol, at each other.
Earlier, Buhari said the party would emerge stronger after the convention. He appealed all those all those who are aggrieved to keep faith.
John Oyegun, former chairman of the party, thanked APC leaders for the support rendered to him.
He singled out Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the APC and Tony Mommoh, former chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) for mention.
With over 1700 votes, Emma Ibediro, preferred candidate of Rochas Okorocha, displaced Osita Izunaso, national organising secretary of the ruling party.
Ebijiro and Izunaso belong to different factions of the APC in Imo. Members of these factions clashed publicly on Saturday.
Speaking before announcing the results, Badaru Abubakar, governor of Jigawa and chairman of the convention, said despite “some skirmishes”, the process went well.
Also, Former Governor of Edo State Adams Oshiohmole has been sworn in as the party new National chairman.
The swearing in was performed by Minister of Justice and Anthony General of the Federation, Abubakar malami (SAN).
Oshiohmole promised to settle every crisis rocking the party.
He emerged unopposed as chairman of the party with other 17 others, 8 candidates withdrew from contesting at the venue of the convention.