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The confusion that has continued to trail the conduct of the last primary election of the Imo State chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC to select a candidate for the Okigwe Zone has continued unabated with the ruling party in a quagmire over the candidate’s name to be submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The panel for the primaries led by the chairman of the committee had declared Frank Ibezim the winner while another faction of the team led by the secretary said it was Ifeanyi Araraume. Other contestants in the race like Athan Achonu and Chidinma Uwajumogu are also raising eyebrows claiming either victory or irregularities.
The Eastern Updates gathered that both Ibezim and Araraume were both announced as winners by different observers. The same was applicable to Uwajumogu and Achonu who have rushed to national television and the Abuja party office respectively, to register their displeasure on the conduct of the electoral exercise.
However, it was further discovered that Ibezim’s emergence was wholeheartedly welcomed by the Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, Hon. Emeka Nwajiuba, Prince Marcellinus Nlemigbo, Chief Tony Chukwu, among others on that line-up. For Araraume, he is believed to be on Okorocha’s line-up, of Dan Nwafor leadership.
Furthermore, the outcome of the Primaries is said to have opened fresh supremacy battle in the State, where the aspirants see the Governor as being highhanded in trying to impose an unpopular candidate on the party.
In what appears to be a fresh twist, Mr. Ibezim, a supposed anointed candidate of Uzodinma has been accused of being a card-carrying member of the Accord Party. Chidinma Uwajumogu while on AIT program on Sunday disclosed that Ibezim is not an APC member, but still a full-fledged Accord Party compliant.
Relaying what happened on Thursday’s election, the sister to the late Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu decried that Governor Hope Uzodinma is bent on imposing an unacceptable candidate on Okigwe people.
Also, a Press Release signed by Dan Nwafor led Exco is alleging that Araraume remains the authentic winner of the September 3, 2020 APC primaries. According to them, they stated that both Ibezim and his supporters are making jest of themselves as APC won’t field a non-member as its candidate.
Against this backdrop, contestants have relocated to Abuja seeking for recognition and or outright cancellation rather than crowning Ibezim who they perceived as an Accord Party man.
The Caretaker Committee of the party is seriously taken aback on what to do following several claims trailing the conduct of the exercise. As INEC deadline approaches, the party is not yet settled on what to do.
While, it was disclosed that the party is being careful about who to submit as the flagbearer, aggrieved persons may resort to court to seek redress.
THE EASTERN UPDATES