The crisis rocking the Enugu chapter of the All Progressives Congress assumed a new twist on Monday with the party’s zonal vice chairman for Enugu-East senatorial zone, Anike Nwoga, quizzed by the state police command over a petition against him.
Mr. Nwoga was quizzed for allegedly defaming the character of the party’s governorship candidate in the April election, Okey Ezea.
Mr. Ezea, in the petition, accused Mr. Nwoga of defaming his character in a press statement where Mr. Nwoga alleged some campaign funds sent to the state were misappropriated by the former governorship candidate and others.
The police also invited the correspondent of Daily Independent Newspapers in Enugu, Emmanuel Nzomiwu, over his report on the alleged “misappropriated” money.
The journalist was set free following the intervention of some of his professional colleagues as well as the spokesperson of the police in the state, Ebere Amaraizu.
In the petition, Mr. Ezea asked the police to not only arrest Mr. Nwoga but also prevail on him to prove the alleged misappropriation of funds. He also threatened to initiate legal action against the zonal chairman if the police failed to get to the truth of the matter.
The APC in the state has been embroiled in crisis since April 11 election following allegation by some party members that Mr. Ezea and the party’s chairman in the state, Ben Nwoye, pocketed funds from the party’s national headquarters for the campaign.
Mr. Ezea has however denied the allegation.