In Abia state, four governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have rejected the outcome of the party’s governorship primary that took place on Thursday last week.
The dissatisfied aspirants described the process as a scam, purporting that they were not told the venue and time of the exercise.
The dissatisfied aspirants include U.S.-based chartered accountant, Chief Daniel Eke; the former Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Chief Uche Ogah; the Executive Secretary of the National Agricultural Land Development Authority, Mr Paul Ikonne; and a former Commissioner of Finance in the state, Mr Obinna Oriaku.
Speaking on behalf of the other three, Mr Eke explained that none of the aspirants to the governorship seat of Abia State was told the exact venue and time for the primary, pointing out 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 claimed.
He said while one aspirant adopted the direct mode of conducting the primary in his venue, another conducted his in another location using the indirect 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,” he lamented.
However, the APC chairman in the state, Dr Kingsley Ononogbu, described the primary as “peaceful, fair and credible, devoid of rancour”.
According to the chairman, the party’s National Executive Council approved the indirect primary.
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