Aggrieved governorship aspirants under the platform of the All Progressives Congress,APC, in Abia state, on Tuesday, alleged that a popular chieftain of the party in the state, induced the David Iyoha-led committee to influence the outcome of the governorship primary election in favour of one of the aspirants, who is allegedly not from Ngwa extraction of Abia.
The aggrieved aspirants were Comrade Chris Akomas, Rt. Hon. Martins Azubuike, Barrister Friday Nwosu and Chief Paul Ikonne.
Speaking with newsmen in Umuahia, on behalf of other governorship aspirants, Chief Paul Ikonne claimed that the committee deviated from its responsibility by using a doctored registers to conduct the exercise.
His words,”We want to use this opportunity to draw the attention of the national leadership of our great party,APC over what is happening right now at the party’s Secretariat in Umuahia.
“The committee sent to come and conduct the primaries in Abia state for our election to produce the governorship flag bearer of the party, as we reliably gathered, has been compromised. That is why they are not following the guidelines of the party in conducting this primaries.
“The party has given them register to come with. And by the constitution of the party, primaries ought to be conducted based on the membership that are captured in the party’s register. And the party gave them materials to use for this primary election, only for them to have decided to use doctored registers.
“Because there are some people that their names are not in that register. And we also reliably gathered that a popular chieftain of the party in Abia paid N100 million to the committee, because his name also, is not in that register, to make sure he secures that ticket for a particularly governorship aspirant”.
“That is totally unacceptable, we are not in agreement with that. I have protested against it. Because if the party has given instructions for registers, the correct registers should be used.”
Reacting on the allegation in an interview with newsmen, shortly after the distribution of sensitive materials to the Returning officers, the chairman of the committee and former Speaker of Edo state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. David Iyoha, denied the allegation, saying the committee was committed to ensuring the gubernatorial primary election was peaceful and transparent.