– The just concluded APGA governorship primary in Imo has continued to brew tension and unrest in the state
– For the most part, governorship aspirants who contested in the primary have kicked against the declaration of Senator Ifeanyi Ararume as the flag bearer
– Moreover, the APC leadership in the state said that Ararume did not resign his position in the party before switching over to APGA to contest for the primary
Governorship aspirants in Imo state on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) have continued to vent their grievances and displeasure over the declaration of Senator Ifeanyichukwu Godwin Ararume as the party’s presidential candidate, claiming that the primary that produced him as the winner was a fraudulent process, The Guardian reports.
Eberechukwu Ejikeme, the returning officer in the primary that took place on Monday, October 8, had announced Ararume as the winner of the poll “having scored the highest number of votes cast by the delegates drawn from the 27 local government areas of Imo State.”
On its part, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state accused the senator of not resigning his position in the party before moving over to APGA to contest for the poll.
One of the aspirants, and a former member of the House of Representatives, Uche Onyeagocha, said of Ararume’s emergence as the party’s candidate: “He wants to tear the party apart because of his rabid desperation for power and re- enact the history for which he is known, a serial governorship aspirant in Imo State.”
“He declared himself the governorship candidate of APGA after a shambolic balloting officiated by his rented goons which produced a simulated landslide.”
Another aggrieved aspirant who scored 48 votes in the poll, Frank Nneji, on Monday said: “Today, we have heard that APGA has put forward Senator Ifeanyi Ararume’ s name as the winner of its Imo gubernatorial primaries.
“As you know, APGA gubernatorial primaries were slated for the 5th of October. When they could not hold that day for reasons unknown to us, they were shifted to the 6th of October. Again the event did not hold on that day. It was shifted to Sunday October 7.
“We mobilised to the venue and waited for the officials. We didn’t see anyone until nightfall when we dispersed.
“At about 10 pm we got news that the primaries were taking place at a location different from the one earlier advertised.
“We also learnt that there were no APGA state or national officials in attendance. No other aspirant participated in the said primaries except Senator Ararume and his supporters. It is unfortunate that our dear party we all believed in has been dragged down to such depths.”
Moreover, the APC, through its state publicity secretary, Onwuasoanya F. C. C. Jones, said: “We are appalled at the loud outcries from our brothers and sisters over the disheartening ill treatment meted out to them by the two major opposition parties in the state- APGA and PDP.
“These outcries range from the most barbaric distortion of democratic norms to the most extortionist and fraudulent act in the name of politics.”
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that unsatisfied with the conduct of the rather controversial primary, former governor of the state, Ikedi Ohakim, who was an aspirant in the party, might defect to the Accord Party (AP).
Ohakim, speaking through his media director, Collins Ughala, said that he was angered by the election in which Araraume was said to have been the winner.
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