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Okigwe Bye-Election: Uzodinma Under Pressure To Drop Ibezim, As Advisers Describe Him As Green Born

Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma may bury initial plans to support the aspiration of Frank Ibezim to take over the vacant senatorial seat of Okigwe Zone which would come up 31st of October, as directed by INEC.

Given the sudden death of late Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu which took place in December 2019, many aspirants across different political parties have shown interest to run for the vacant seat.

Some of the aspirants who have indicated interest to run for the seat include, senators Araraume, Athan Achonu, Chikwem Onuoha, Frank Ibezim, Chidinma Uwajumogu. Others include Mark Uchendu, Acho Ihim, amongst others.

Apart from the above names who have indicated interest to run for the seat under the platform of the APC, former Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, Attorney Charles Onyirimba amongst others have also made their interest to run for the said seat known.

In the APC circle, Imo State Governor was reportedly said to have been instructed by the national leadership of the APC to support and deliver one Frank Ibezim who allegedly is the candidate of Emeka Nwajuba, the present minister of state, education.

Nwajuba, as a minister in Buhari’s cabinet, is seen in Imo and the entire South East as one of the closest confidants of president Buhari and as such, some of his demands particularly in Imo would be attended to.

However, while the Imo State Governor, senator Hope Uzodinma has been nursing the candidature of the said Ibezim as directed by the party, there appears to be discordant voices on reasons why Ibezim’s ambition cannot fly.

Available information to Lead revealed that Uzodinma’s Advisers are of the opinion that with the caliber of the people contesting for the said seat, APC needs a candidate that is not only popular but one who is generally acceptable by electorates in Okigwe Zone.

Apart from a popular candidate, leaders of various groups in Okigwe Zone, are canvassing for an experienced politician who has the capacity to reach out and ensure effective representation particularly now that all the juicy positions in the senate have been shared including committees.

With the above, therefore, Uzodinma who would not want to lose the seat to another political party.

Appears to be in dilemma, reflecting the possibility and otherwise of supporting the ambition of Ibezim who has been described in various quarters as a greenhorn in Imo politics.

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