Abia APC: why INEC should recognise Emenike as candidate

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ABIA State Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC) Mike Ozoemena has explained why the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should accept Chief Ikechi Emenike as the governorship candidate of the party.

Ozoemena, who spoke in Umuahia, said the Dr Emmanuel Ndukwe-led executive council, which conducted the primary producing Emenike, had a valid court order recognsing it as the authentic APC leadership in the state.

The Abia APC publicity secretary said the primary was done as directed by the Adams Oshimhole-led National Working Committee (NWC), which Emenike won after defeating six aspirants with over 274,000 votes.

Ozoemena said: “If the Adams Oshimhole-led executive yielded to the superior will of party faithful in Lagos State and accepted and authenticated the primaries conducted by the party even when the Clement Ebri-led committee thought otherwise, one then is at a loss why they chose to allegedly uphold the charade that presented a man not known to the party, Uche Ogah as the purported candidate of APC in Abia State, this travesty of justice will never be allowed to stand.

“It would be recalled that in 2013 – 2015 when the likes of Chief Emenike and others were busy funding the infant party APC, the likes of Orji Uzor Kalu and Uche Ogah were either contesting against President Muhammadu Buhari in PPA, their failed party or running up and down to unseat Governor Ikpeazu in PDP through frivolous court processes.

“We then wonder how a man would toil so hard to build a house only for political nomads to try to chase him out of his house to inhabit. The same party they called all manner of names ranging from Boko Haram, to Islamist Party is now good enough to be their platform. No wonder their names were not even in the discredited party register purported to have been used in the charade they called primaries which came belatedly after two days of Ikechi Emenike’s emergence as candidate.

“The good people of Abia State and our party faithfuls are therefore enjoined to disregard the news making the rounds that Uche Ogah has substituted Chief Emenike as the candidate of APC for Abia state governorship election in 2019.

“Nothing can be farther from the truth than that. We appeal to over 274,000 party faithfuls that elected Chief Emenike to remain calm as truth must prevail over falsehood and since Nigeria is not a banana republic.’’

He said the rule of law must prevail and Abia should be free in 2019 from those that took Abia to Okija Shrine and made it prostrate since 1999 till date.

Ozoemena said: “Abia State must be free and Chief Emenike is and will remain the candidate of the All Progressives Congress Abia State for the 2019 governorship election.”


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