– The APGA governorship primary conducted in Imo state has decried and condemned by some aspirants
– One of such aspirants who are unimpressed with the conduct of the primary is ex-governor Ikedi Ohakim, who described the poll as fraudulent
– However, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, said that the primary election was in accordance with the party and INEC’s regulations
Unsatisfied with the conduct of the rather controversial primary in the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Imo, the 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.
Ohakim referred to the election as ‘fraudulent’ and unacceptable to other aspirants, adding that he might pursue his political ambition elsewhere“since hope is lost in APGA. It is possible, but if that time comes I will reach out to my supporters.” Added to this, a source told Daily Sun that Ohakim might be eyeing AP.
Moreover, other gubernatorial aspirants of APGA in the state have continued to react to the election. They have jointly stated why they rejected what they describe as ‘Kangaroo election’ allegedly sponsored by Senator Ifeanyi Araraume.
One of the aspirants, Sam Amadi, said that he saw Arararume election as a betrayal and sabotage to other aspirants.
He described what is happening presently in APGA as a shame, considering the model that the party is supposed to play. Amadi has also insisted that the party would settle for a consensus candidate.
“What is happening in APGA is a betrayal to Ndigbo, that is why we are putting heads together to make the party what it used to be.
“APGA remains a virtue, not a criminal gang-up. We are going to resist any attempt to turn APGA to a criminal platform,” he said:
He, however, described the entry of some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a major cause of the problem of the party, even as he blamed the national leadership for failing to be focused in conducting the election.
In the same vein, another aspirant, Frank Nneji has blamed the party for allowing Araraume parading himself as the candidate of the party.
Nneji stated that if the primary was truly conducted he would have clinched the party ticket.
He stated: “It is unfortunate that our dear party we all believed in has been dragged down to such depths
“I thank everyone who has supported me in my bid to clinch the governorship ticket of APGA, a party which I believed was keenly interested in uplifting the Igbo man, and the Imo man especially, politically and economically.”
“I have no doubt that if things had been done properly and a free and fair selection process had been put in place by the powers that be in APGA.
“I would have won the primaries given your immense support and goodwill, but unfortunately, we all have been let down by a party which was unable to organise decent, acceptable and rancour-free primaries at all levels.”
Meanwhile, Araraume has insisted that the primary election held was in accordance with the party’s and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s regulations.
Araraume insisted that the poll was conducted by the electoral committee that was sent by the APGA’s national leadership, adding that some aspirants refused to take part in the election only because of their fear of him.
Araraume said: “They came to the venue of the election; they saw me and all walked out, but Daniel Kanu decided to stay, on the day of the election, we all waited for several hours for the officials to arrive.
“When they did, it was dark and they asked us to move to the Kanu Nwankwo Sports Centre where there was light and there the election was held,” Araraume explained.
“If they are afraid of one man, is that how they are going to fight Rochas? They were all busy having meetings and ganging up against the national leadership of the party.”
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that following the reported declaration of Ararume as the APGA gubernatorial candidate in Imo, over 13 governorship aspirants of the party had started defecting to other political parties.
NAIJ.com gathered that Ikedi Ohakim, Frank Nneji, Bright Nwanne, Steve Nwoga, Sam Amadi and Okey Eze were displeased with Ararume’s declaration.
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