One of the aspirants to the concluded governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State, Chief Daniel Eke, has described the APC primary that produced Ikechi Emenike, an economist/journalist a sham.
Addressing newsmen in Umuahia on Thursday, Eke explained that none of the aspirants to the governorship seat of Abia state particularly himself was told the exact venue and time for the primary, pointing that all they heard was that the primary has been conducted.
“There was unreliable information of multiple conducts of the primary in different locations, none of the aspirants was told the correct location”, he disclosed.
He explained that while one aspirant adopted the indirect mode of conducting the primary in his venue, another conducted his in another location using the indirect, ie delegate method to achieve his aim.
“I made some calls, I sent messages to the national headquarters to know what’s going on and no information came. Right now, I don’t even know where they’re conducting the congress. As an aspirant, I should’ve been kept abreast of what’s going on.
“Throughout the night, I was looking at my phone, going through the text massages, WhatsApp, trying to get information of the venue or time; whether it’s 9am or 10 am. I didn’t receive any message. In fact, for past three days, I have been trying doing this.
“I even called the APC’s National Organising Secretary to fine what’s going on, because my supporters have been calling me, telling me that Uche Ogah, former Minister of Solid Minerals Development conducting direct primary in Uturu, Isuikwuato while Ikechi Emenike, a chieftain of the party, was doing indirect somewhere in Umuahia”, Eke, a who recently relocated from the United States for the election posited.
He disclosed that many stakeholders of APC had before the primaries suggested to the national leadership of party of the need to hold a direct primary in all the offices in Abia State, arguing that it was the best option to resolve the imbroglio in Abia APC which has been plagued by long period of being factions.
Chief Eke therefore called on the national leadership of the party to do something immediately in order to correct the fundamental problem, according to him, may lead the APC to lose the forthcoming general elections.
On his next line of action, the APC governorship aspirant said since there are administrative procedures to resolve such issues, he would exhaust it first before thinking of the next line of action.
“The whole thing is a sham. Every aspirant should’ve been carried along. What does it take them to inform us? With all these information flying around the internet, the national leadership should’ve stepped in and informed us what’s going on, whether direct or indirect. What kind of process is this? It’s a sham and a shame too. What happened in Abia concerning the APC primary is illegal. “It’s an illegal process.
Meanwhile, Chief Ikechi Emenike on Thursday emerged as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He beat other aspirants to emerge the APC flag bearer for Abia State for 2023 governorship seat in the state.
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.