…Party Yet TO Pronounce Candidate
…INEC Releases Names Wednesday
APC primaries for the Okigwe bye-election may have come and gone but the controversy surrounding the election has kept on hold, official decision, or pronouncement by the National Leadership of the party.
APC had last Thursday conducted primaries for Eleven Aspirants over the Okigwe bye-election slated for October 31st.
The said election through peaceful had some pockets of controversies ranging from parallel elections between the supporters of Senator Araraume and Frank Ibezim as well as the officials of the party sent from Abuja to conduct the said election.
While the Chairman of the Panel for the conduct of the election declared Frank Ibezim winner of the primary election, other members of the Panel declared Araraume, the winner.
At the time of filing this report, information from the party’s headquarters hinted Lead that various Result Sheets were flying at the party’s secretariat in Abuja for submission.
While Imo State Government is championing for the acceptance of the result signed by the Chairman of the election panel, Araraume and his supporters are clamoring for the other result on the grounds that it represents the votes of the electorates that voted during the election.
However, a source from the APC headquarters hinted Lead that the leadership of the party would soon make a pronouncement on who between the duo of Araraume and Ibezim who flies the Ticket of the party for the election slated for 31st of October
According to the source, NWC party leaders would not want a situation where any of the interest group would leave the party for another political party hence a lot of factors are being considered before the party takes a final decision and stand.
However, while the party is yet to make a pronouncement over who is the candidate, the INEC would be Wednesday shortlist the names of the candidate.
Recall that the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma had before the primaries suggested for a consensus candidate for the party, a suggestion he said would not only save cost for the Aspirants but would make the party more united and stronger in Imo and Okigwe in particular.
This suggestion of Uzodinma however did not see the light of the day as the said Aspirants went ahead and picked their individual forms.
However, the only solution to the APC leadership crisis in Imo, is the congress which would usher in, new party executive in all spheres.