The chairman of the Imo state governorship primary committee established by the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Gulak, says he escaped being kidnapped by Governor Rochas Okorocha.
Gulak, according to The Nation, while he escaped, about nine of the 12-member committee were not fortunate as they were allegedly kidnapped by Okorocha, who led a team of policemen to the hotel where they were lodged.
Gulak, however, said the election was conducted peacefully with Senator Hope Uzodinma emerging winner with 423,895 votes to defeat eight other aspirants, including the governor’s son in-law, Uche Nwosu.
The report quoted Gulak as saying he had to leave Owerri, the capital of the state, at about 4am for safety reasons. He ran to Port Harcourt, where he took a flight to Abuja.
The report also quoted Gulak as saying on arrival in Owerri to conduct the primary, he and his men were to be taken to an unknown destination from the airport, but he was vigilant and insisted on going to the commissioner of police first before any other destination.
Gulak said he deposited some of the materials for the primary with the police commissioner.
“In fact, the tension there was so high and if not for my resilience, we were supposed to have been rounded up and taken to an unknown destination.
“But I insisted that my first destination was the commissioner of police. When we got to the commissioner of police, I deposited the materials.
“Unknown to them, the materials I deposited with them were the ballot papers that were to be used when there is tie between aspirants at the wards.
“But when you conduct election at the wards, you count people. In short, results have been generated and a winner emerged and the winner is Senator Hope Nzodinma.
“At 4am this morning, we had to leave Owerri because around 2am, some of my members disappeared from the hotel, where we were supposed to be together and I gathered that they went to the Government House.
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“Myself, Col Igbanor and Hon Bernard Miko were the only three doing this job as others disappeared and we learnt that they were at the Government House.
“So, when we sensed that something was fishy, by 4am, we left Owerri after concluding the entry of the results,” he said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) suspended the governorship primaries in Imo State indefinitely following controversy.
Yekini Nabena who is the party spokesperson announced the suspension on Tuesday, October 2 although the reason for the new development was not provided.
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