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Violence mars APC, APGA primaries in Imo, Edo as police disagree with election panel

Violence mars APC, APGA primaries in Imo, Edo as police disagree with election panel

- The APC primary election for the Akoko-Edo Federal Constituency in Edo state was inconclusive

- The results of the exercise from the area were not declared due to alleged crisis

- The police commissioner in the state, however, disagreed that violence was recorded in the affected area

- Similarly, the governorship primary of APGA in Imo state ended in a deadlock

Violence reportedly marred the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary for the Akoko-Edo Federal Constituency in Edo state, the party’s election panel said in the evening of Sunday, October 7.

The Punch reports that the committee said party members, who assembled at the venues of the exercise held across the 10 wards, were harassed and intimidated.

However, Legit.ng gathered that t the commissioner of police in Edo state, Johnson Kokumo, disagreed that violence was recorded in the affected area.

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“The primary, as conducted by the team (committee) that came in, was free of any form of violence. It was a hitch-free exercise,” Kokumo reportedly said.

The election was between the incumbent, Peter Akpatason, and the speaker of the Edo state House of Assembly, Kabiru Adjoto.

There had been disagreements among supporters of the two aspirants over who should get the party’s ticket ahead of the 2019 general elections.

While Akpatason is currently serving his second term in the House of Representatives, Adjoto would complete his third term as the lawmaker representing Akoko-Edo II constituency in the state House of Assembly.

Briefing journalists at the APC state secretariat in Benin, the chairman of the state primary election committee, Hajia Farida Suleiman, said the results of the exercise from the area were not ready due to the crisis.

In a related development, the governorship primary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Imo state again ended in a deadlock.

When it became obvious that the party could not arrive on a consensus candidate among the 13 governorship aspirants, a police detachment led by an Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Hosea Karma came and dispersed the crowd which was mostly made up of political thugs imported by some of the aspirants.

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The primary could not also take place on Friday, October 5, owing to the failure of the leadership of the party to resolve the problem of authentic delegates’ lists and the issue of a consensus candidate.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, had emerged as the candidate of the APC for Imo west senatorial district, while his former chief of staff, Uche Nwosu, won the party's governorship primary.

Nwosu, who is the son-in-law of Governor Okorocha, polled 269,524 votes to emerge winner, while Chuks Ololo and Peter Gbujie followed with 6,428 and 4,855 respectively.

The chairman of the electoral panel, Ibrahim Agbabiaka, who announced Nwosu's victory, gave the names of those who participated in the governorship primarie as Chuks Ololo, George Eche, Uche Nwosu, Deputy Governor Eze Madumere, Senator Hope Uzodimma, Air Commodore Peter Gbujie(rtd), Chima Anozie, Jude Ejiogu and Chris Nlemoha.

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