It was a free for all hand combat at the APC Secretariat located in GRA Enugu as the both factional Chairmen and their supporting groups were locked in fistfight.
The physical confrontation between both factional Chairmen, Deacon Okey Ogbodo and Dr Ben Nwoye led to the shredding of Ogbodo’s clothes right in front of the Commisioner Of Police Enugu and other top security men.
Trouble began when the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama had called for a meeting of the party at the secretariat but Dr. Ben Nwoye, leading the other faction of the party wrote to the police to give him protection for another prayer meeting at the same venue. Thus the Nwoye group had occupied the secretariat before the Ogbodo group backed by Onyeama arrived.
The Police advised the Ogbodo-led faction not to make any forceful entry into the already occupied secretariat to avoid fracas. The commotion brought the state Commissioner of Police, Danmalam Mohammad to the venue. He was having a dialogue with Nwoye when Ogbodo arrived and his members surged into the compound and in the ensuing fracas, Nwoye reportedly tore Ogbodo’s clothes to shreds in front of the commissioner of police, the police PPRO and other top police officers. The situation intensified with supporters of each faction wielding clubs and holding each other to the jugular.
The police managed to bring the situation under control but quickly led Ogbodo away. While the Nwoye faction maintained control of the compound, the Ogbodo faction remained outside the gate. The incident caused traffic gridlock along Park Avenue area of GRA where the party office is situated. Later, the Commissioner of Police came back and asked everybody to vacate the secretariat and hold their meetings at different venues untill they resolved their differences. Police Spokesman in the State, Ebere Amaraizu said “the police took the decision to vacate everybody in order to avoid further clashes and possible loss of lives.” Factional chairman, Nwoye however accused Onyeama of sponsoring mobs to disrupt youths praying for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election. Ogbodo however said that it was because his group came to distribute materials preparatory for the party’s direct primaries that made the Nwoye group to resort to violence. “We are fighting for a just cause. We wrote to police and the DSS and they approved our meeting. The problem is about the coming party primaries where we have chosen direct primaries as recommended by the national secretariat. “Now Police have sealed the secretariat but we will continue sharing materials for the primaries,” said Ogbodo.