The embattled Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi State, Mr. Ben Nwobasi, yesterday accused the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, of contempt of court in the crisis that had bedevilled the party in the state.
The state chapter of APC has been enmeshed in leadership crisis with Nwobasi and Eze Nwachukwu, laying claim to the chairmanship seat. But the national leadership of the party has allegedly transmitted power to Nwachukwu by issuing him a letter as the acting chairman of the party.
In a statement in Abakaliki, Nwobasi said despite the alleged court order by the state High Court sitting on November 6, 2014, restraining Odigie-Oyegun from dissolving any of the ward, local government or state executives of the party elected during the 2014 congresses in the state, the national chairman violated the order by transmitting power to his deputy, Nwachukwu, as acting state chairman pending the amicable resolution of the crisis.
He warned the national chairman of the grave consequences of violating the said court order which he said was pending in court. “In a dramatist twist after the ratification of the state congress by the national secretariat of APC, the state deputy chairman, Pastor Eze Nwachukwu, pulled out from the entire executive led by the state chairman, Ben Nwobasi, to impose himself as the Acting state chairman of the party.