- All is not well within the Imo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress
- Governor Hope Uzodinma and Senator Rochas Okorocha are leading two different factions by proxies
- The primary election in the Imo North senatorial election has opened up sore wounds in the ruling party
The chairman of the Imo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Marcellius Nlemigbo, has declared that Frank Ibezim is the authentic candidate of the party for the rerun senatorial primary election for Imo North district.
Nlemigbo made the declaration while defending the result announced by the Senator Ajibola Bashiru-led committee which conducted the exercise.
Some members of the committee led by its secretary, Umar Gana Nguma had conducted another primary which witnessed the emergence of Senator Ifeanyi Ararume as the candidate of the party.
But, speaking in Owerri, the state capital, Prince Nlemigbo, said that there was no controversy arising from the primary, noting that the exercise which produced Ibezim is recognised by all stakeholders.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had recognised Nlemigbo as the authentic state chairman of the APC.
Nlemigbo is also backed by Governor Hope Uzodinma, while the other faction led by Daniel Nwafor is backed by a former governor of the state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
Already, the two chairmen have suspended each other in a move generally seen as a way to undermine themselves.
Political analysts in the state say Nwafor and Nlemigbo are only tools in the hands of Senators Uzodinma and Okorocha who are fighting for the soul of the party.
The Nation quoted Nlemigbo as saying: “In every election, there must be a winner and losers, the losers should be magnanimous enough to accept defeat as has been done by eight other aspirants who contested the primary.
“We have no record of any parallel primary of our party anywhere across the 64 political wards of Imo North senatorial district, as we witnessed a freest, fair, transparent and hitch-free exercise supervised by the national election panel led by Senator Bashiru and monitored by officials of INEC and other relevant security agencies.”
He frowned at the unwarranted fabrication and falsehood to bring the party into contempt and public opprobrium.
Nlemigbo said: “We wish to remind those responsible to desist forthwith, as the party will no further tolerate any act of anti-party related activity, indiscipline or violation of any relevant provision of the party’s constitution.”
Meanwhile, a former governor of Adamawa, Bala James Ngilari, has defected to the APC, lamenting that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state has not been fair to him.
“It is better for me to go to APC where I can be valued and cherished because PDP in Adamawa has not been fair to me,” Ngilari said.
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