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Okigwe Bye-Election: Who Grabs APC Ticket?

…Uzodinma Still Dangles Around Ibezim

… Accuses Araraume, Others of Parallel Party Exco

… Achonu Storms Govt House For Consent

Few weeks to the APC primaries for Imo North bye-election, agitation, and tension over who picks the party’s Ticket has enveloped both the gladiators as well as their supporters.

Over the weekend, Two out of the Aspirants were said to have individually visited the Governor of Imo state, to seek his consent over their ambition.

While the most powerful of all the Aspirants, senator Araraume had a meeting with the Governor in Abuja, another of Aspirant, senator Athan Achonu respectively stormed the Imo State Government House where he too had a meeting with same Governor on the same issue.

In Abuja, senator Araraume who was said to have been accompanied by some of the APC stalwarts to see Uzodinma reportedly asked the Governor who he described as a Brother to tell the audience why he has refused to associate and work with him since his assumption of office as the Governor even when he supported and accompanied him down to Owerri during the Governor’s swearing-in.

Although this paper was unable to get the response of the Governor at the said time but unconfirmed sources revealed to Lead that Uzodinma accused him of running a parallel structure in Imo, hence his decision to keep him at distance.

Araraume had few months after the burial of senator Benjamin Uwajumogu visited the APC State Executive led by Nlemigbo as the caretaker committee chairman.

As reported by our Reporter who covered the said event, the Isiala Mbano two times Senator never told the party members of his interest to succeed in the late Uwajumogu but his body movement showed that he may be interested in the said seat.

This however was confirmed when he Araraume in July received a waiver from the national leadership of the APC to run for the bye-election.

However, with the waiver granted to Araraume, it implies that though he rejoined the Party recently from APGA under which platform he contested for the 2019 guber, but has the right and privileges to contest.

Having crossed this hurdle, Araraume also needs to accrue Uzodinma’s consent as the leader of the party in Imo and southeast, this as gathered by Lead was the reason for the meeting of the duo in Abuja over the weekend.

After the said meeting in Abuja, the duo of Araraume and Uzodinma had a picture which probably signifies that they have forgiven each other and may have agreed to work together as party members.

On the other side of the coin, senator Athan Achonu whose tenure as serving Senator was abridged in 2015 by the supreme court had over same weekend stormed Government House where he also met with Uzodinma, seeking his consent for the same seat.

Achonu who was accompanied by Tony Chukwu also snapped pictures with Uzodinma after their meeting.

Although the outcome of the meeting of the three had not been made open at the time of filing this report information to Lead revealed that Uzodinma had already made up his mind to support Frank Ibezim.

Ibezim as learned by this paper is the candidate of Emeka Nwajuba who is presently the minister of education, state.

A source from the Government House revealed to Lead that Uzodinma had wanted to support the candidature of Athan Achonu but changed direction after being instructed by the National Leadership of the APC. to support Frank Ibezim.

Although Ibezim is yet to become the APC’s candidate for the polls speculations are rift that the said Ibezim is not popular both in Imo and Okigwe Zone, an, act which political Analysts view as capable of stripping off a victory from the APC, if he finally gets the Ticket.

In the opinion of Analysts, who Okigwe Zone needs as a senator is an experienced person who on his own has the contacts to reach out since the 9th senate has already counted off, one year and any person coming in, is likely going to get no position except an experienced person.

At the Exco meeting held last Saturday, Uzodinma told Imo people particularly the Okigwe zone to bring out for the  APC a consensus candidate for the election to avert unnecessary expenses while at the end of the day, only one people would go to Abuja as a Senator of the zone.

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