A governor of aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Daniel Eke, has declared that APC did not conduct any governorship Primary Election in Abia State contrary to some claims of doing so by some individuals.
In a statement he issued in Umuahia on Sunday, the Chief Daniel Eke Campaign Organization maintained that it wanted the general public to know that without conducting a fresh and valid governorship primary election in Abia state, the APC has no candidate for the election in 2023 as none of the trifles being circulated shall stand the litmus test of the extant laws.
The organization which spoke on behalf of the Chief Eke said for those claiming victory should know that there was nothing like Primary Election in Abia State and asked the national leadership of the party and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ignore any such claims.
The statement reads in part, “Our attention has been drawn to two different results circulating within the media space wherein our principal Chief Daniel Eke a formidable and frontline governorship Aspirant under the APC in Abia state was allocated 16 and 1953 votes respectively.
“Our position is that these are very laughable frivolities as well as pitiable and hysteric hallucinations oozing out of those propelling these falsehood, as no person can build castles in the air.
“For those who are claiming victory through an indirect primary election, we wish to let the National Working Committee,the Independent National Electoral Commission and the general public know that we were not communicated of the venue and the mode of the said primary election by any person or authority vested with the obligation to do so, therefore we are not aware that such election was effectuated in Abia state.
“Assuming but without conceding that such incident took place, shall it, not amount to illegality of discrimination against our principal, rigging before election, unlawful exclusion and total abuse of process to conduct any election without the consent of those who spent their hard earned money to procure the forms, went through the rigours of screening and have been spending deeply for campaigns? It shall be a show of shame and affront to democracy and shall never be allowed to stand if there was an indirect primary election in Abia state.
“How can any person claim to have conducted an indirect primary election in Abia state, when there was no election to elect the delegates at the various levels? When there was no communication made by the Committee that was sent to Abia state from Abuja?
“For those claiming victory through direct primary election,who and who were members of the election Committee? Who were the collation and returning officers?
How did they get the materials for the elections? When was the said elections conducted? In which areas of Abia state were the exercise conducted? Can they provide any valid documentary evidence to this claim?
“We hereby wish to unequivocally and vigorously reiterate our position, let the national leadership of our great party, the APC and general public know, that, without conducting a fresh and valid governorship primary election in Abia state, the APC has no candidate for the election as none of the trifles being circulated shall stand the litmus test of the extant laws.
“We therefore call on all relevant authorities including the Independent National Electoral Commission and the general public to disregard such dangerous and misleading publications and reject any attempt to foist any person as APC Governorship candidate in Abia State as such has not emerged.
“We, hereby most respectfully call on the National Working Committee of the APC to without hesitation, fix a date to conduct a valid direct primary election which shall strictly comply with Article 20.4 of the Constitution of the Party and that of Section 84 of the Electoral Act 2022(As Amended) for the teaming members of APC in Abia state to see that, the fair and just thing has been done and save the party from implosion in the state.
“However, it is important to expressly make it very clear that, should no proportionate remedy be given by the party, then we shall also explore all legitimate and legal options available to us under the Electoral Act 2022 (As Amended) and the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended) as well as other legal devices to cure this wrong”.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.