Following disagreement by the two factions laying claim to the leadership in the state. the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State has been concluded in crisis.
Due to the crisis, the agitated members of the factions destroyed the rear gate leading to the mini-stadium of the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus as well as other properties used for the elections.
Efforts by the protesters to gain proper access into the venue proved abortive as they were dispersed with tear gas and gunshots.
One of the factions is led by Ben Nwoye and recognised by the national leadership of the party, while the other factor is supported by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama is led by Chief Okey Ogbodo.
Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mohammed Danmallam, while addressing the leaders of the factions, appealed to them to conduct themselves in a civil manner.
Danmallam said that the police command had deployed enough manpower to ensure a hitch-free exercise.
The commissioner of police appealed to Nwoye to accommodate all members of the party in the spirit of fair play and participatory democracy.
He said that though only delegates were expected to vote in the primary election, non-delegates could be allowed to observe the process.
He said that aspirants from both factions of the party needed to be assured of a level playing field to ensure a peaceful exercise.
Earlier, Ogbodo alleged that their supporters who were among the delegates were denied entry into the venue.
He said that it would be wrong for any member of the party to be disenfranchised in the selection of their party govership flagbearer.
“I am the authentic chairman of the party in the state and no one has the right to disenfranchise my supporters,” Ogbodo said.
However, Nwoye said that he was the legitimate chairman of the party, adding that Ogbodo wanted to introduce touts who would disrupt the exercise.
“Ogbodo is not even a delegate but he can be allowed to observe the process as a chieftain of the party,” Nwoye said.