The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, on Sunday evening escaped mob attack at a meeting of the All Progressives Congress in a hotel in Awka, Anambra State.
The meeting, it was gathered, was for the harmonisation of the results of the party’s ward congress held on Saturday. As gunshots pervaded the scene, Ngige was whisked away by security agencies.
Security personnel repeatedly fired repelling shorts into the air to scare the mob who charged at him. They alleged that the minister was trying to manipulate the result of the ward congress in his favour.
A member of the state’s ward congress committee, who was identified as Ali was not that lucky to escape as he was beaten to a pulp and stripped naked on allegations that he was among those drafted in the state to work in favour of Ngige.
The candidate of the APC in the November 18, 2017 governorship election in Anambra, Dr Tony Nwoye, had openly accused Ngige in the meeting of plotting to hijack the party in the state.