Few hours to Okigwe Senate bye-election, one of the Aspirants for the said seat may be disqualified over alleged certificate forgery by the INEC.
Information to Lead revealed that one of the aspirants that is likely going to carry favour of the state government in tomorrow’s primaries may not take part in the primaries following alleged certificate scandal.
The said aspirant according to our findings submitted a certificate from one of the schools abroad but on close examination, the said certificate was nowhere to be found in the school’s records of certificates.
A source from the National Leadership of the party revealed to this paper that the leadership of the party in Imo has been instructed to handle the case with every seriousness ahead of tomorrow’s primaries to avert a situation where a person of questionable certificate would win the primaries and after which, it would be taken from him by another person in court.
At the time of filing this report, the leadership of the APC in Imo had not done anything to that effect but information from the party hinted Lead that before the end of today Tuesday 2nd, the plans of the party towards the said candidate would be disclosed.
Recall that following the sudden death of the senator representing Okigwe zone, Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu in December 2019, the National Assembly upon his burial declared his seat vacant.
Upon the declaration of the seat vacant, the INEC fixed October 31st for the bye-election.
Following the fixed date for the bye-election, the Imo State chapter of the APC under which Umbrella the late senator Uwajumagu contested for the seat in 2019, had in the bid to retain the seat had taken various measures to retain the seat.
One of the measures though it failed was the submission of Governor Uzodinma who is the leader of the party in both Imo and South East, pleading with the aspirants to adopt one of them as consensus to avert unnecessary expenses.
Uzodinma also said that with the adoption of a consensus candidate, that the APC would be more united, stronger in the Okigwe zone, and Imo in general.
These Uzodinma’s ideas were rebutted as the aspirants all purchased forms and are ready for the primaries slated for tomorrow.