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The state Chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), in Abia State, Don Norman Obinna, has lambasted the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Bishop Samuel Onuoha, stressing that he lacks the requisite capacity to lead the party to victory in next year’s general elections.
Speaking yesterday on the backdrop of the recent decision of the party to field the cleric for the March 2023 gubernatorial election in Abia State.
The Eastern Updates recalls that Onuoha had emerged as the governorship candidate of the ADC after a keenly-contested primary election held in June 2022 in Umuahia, the state capital.
Mr. Nkem Ukandu, the INEC returning officer, Mr Nkem Ukandu announced that Sunday Onuoha scored 330 vote cast to defeat his close rival, Otisi Ebitu-Ukiwe, who polled a total of 160 votes.
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The outcome of the concluded gubernatorial primary election was characterized by mixed reactions and strong opposition by the party delegates and the immediate past state chairman of the ADC, Mr. Don Norman Obinna.
However, Obinna, while stating his position ahead of the main general elections in 2023, described the ADC governorship standard-bearer as a political lightweight and mole planted by a former Abia Governor, Senator Theodore Orji, and ruling Peoples Democratic Party to destroy the party.
He called on the electorates in the state to reject Onuoha, who he further opined lacked followers, and the needed capacity to win elections and address myriads of challenges bedevilling the state.
According to Obinna, ‘Abia guber candidates and the electorates shouldn’t take Sunday Onuoha seriously.
‘He is a mole planted by Senator Theodore Orji (Ochendo) to destroy the ADC.
‘No one should accept his offer to step down. He had no followers or structure to threaten anyone. Don’t give him money’.
Bishop Sunday Onuoha will battle the Abia 2023 governorship seat election with the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Uche Ikonne; All Progressives Congress, Dr Uche Sampson Ogah; the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Professor Greg Ibe; Social Democratic Party (SDP), Apostle Ngozika Gladys Johnson-Ogbuneke; Accord Party (AP), Ambassador Bishop Emeka Nwankpa, and others.