- The national secretariat of the APC has been petitioned by the DG of Voice of Nigeria over the senatorial primaries in Enugu
- Osita Okechukwu said some members of the party manipulated results of the primaries
- According to him, the deputy Senate president also contributed to the crisis within the APC in the state
The director general of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, has petitioned the headquarters of the ruling All progressives Congress (APC), against the result of the primary election for Enugu West senatorial district.
Okechukwu in a petition Monday, October 8, said he had approached the APC primary election appeal panel to “recover his stolen mandate.”
He accused the Enugu state primary election panel, led by Moses Momoh, of “complicity” in the “allocation” of results to Ibekaku-Nwagwu.
In the petition entitled, ‘Protest over allocation of votes to Mrs Juliet Ibekaku Nwagwu in Enugu West Senatorial District Primary Election,’ Okechukwu claimed that he got over 15,000 votes.
The petition read in part: “The allocation of the results was not only a brazen, utter imposition of candidate and without tact, but it clearly demonstrated the complicity of the Primary Election Panel led by Prof Moses Momoh; for I (Okechukwu) polled a total of 7,919 votes in Awgu, one of the five local government areas of the senatorial district.
“I humbly further submit that the results from the 81 wards (in the senatorial district) were in my favour as I led the other three contestants with over 15,000 votes. I am ready to furnish more evidence, if requested.”
He faulted the panel for declaring that a total of 12,709 votes were cast in the Enugu West senatorial primary election. He also alleged that the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, had vowed to stop him from getting the APC ticket for Enugu West in order to avoid stiff competition in the election.
“My fear as one of the foundation members of the APC is that in the general election, Mrs Ibekaku-Nwagwu lacks the gravitas to win Senator Ekweremadu.
“Earlier before the primary election, news filtered in that Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the incumbent, has vowed that he will make sure that Osita Okechukwu is stopped from making the list.
“His reason is that he needs a weaker APC candidate, who will not enjoy the massive support I have among ordinary party members and the general public. This played out when a large segment of the senator’s supporters jubilated over her (Ibekaku-Nwagwu’s) alleged victory,” Okechukwu added.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Okechukwu had advised Governor Rochas Okorocha to leave the party if he so desires.
Okechukwu, who spoke with newsmen at the APC national secretariat in Abuja on Monday, June 4, said that the APC would win the 2019 elections without Okorocha.
He said the actions and in-actions of Okorocha have caused the APC more setbacks in the last four years in Imo and the south-east in general.
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