Magnus Abe, Usani Uguru, Adekunle Akinlade and Pat Utomi who emerged as Governorship candidates for Rivers, Cross River, Ogun and Delta States via parallel primary elections conducted by the All Progressives Congress, APC know fate as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC closes replacement of candidates for Governorship and State Houses of Assembly
Similarly the candidates that emerged for Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections in Zamfara but were rejected by INEC for the failure of APC to comply with the time table for conducting primary elections.
According to the time table and schedule of activities leading to the conduct of the 2019 general elections released earlier this year by INEC, Saturday, December 1, is the final day for the withdrawal/ replacement of Governorship and State Houses of Assembly candidates.
The results of primaries from these States showed that in Rivers, parallel exercises were conducted in which Abe, Senator representing Rivers South East Constituency emerged as Governorship Candidate with Tonye Cole but the Adams Oshiomhole led National Working Committee of APC submitted the name of Cole, the favoured candidate of Minister of Transportation, Rotimi
Amaechi to INEC.
In Cross River too, parallel exercises were conducted and the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Uguru and John Enoh, Senator for Cross River Central emerged as Governorship candidates but APC recognized and forwarded the name of Enoh to INEC.
Also, in Ogun State, Governor Ibikunle Amosun favoured candidate, Akinlade was selected through a consensus primary election while Abiodum Dapo was elected through direct primaries and was considered by APC National Secretariat and his has been name sent to INEC.
In the same vein, Pat Utomi and Great Ogboru won the parallel Governorship primaries in Delta even as APC picked Ogboru and forwarded his name to INEC as its Governorship candidate.
For Imo State, two Governorship primaries were conducted producing Hope Uzodinma, the Imo West Senator and Nwosu, Chief of Staff and Son – in – Law to Governor Rochas Okorocha, however, the leadership of APC upheld the exercise that brought Uzodinma and accordingly submitted his name to INEC.
Three Days to the final date for the replacement of candidates, Nwosu was reported to have defected to the Democratic Peoples Party, DPP 24 hours after his father – in – law, Okorocha declared to support him if he joins another party to pursue his guber ambition.
Okorocha told newsmen pen ultimate to Nwosu purported defection that, “what happened in Imo was a clear case of injustice, where Uche Nwosu won the primary and was robbed of the ticket. This injustice must be addressed.
However, in spite of the fact that my aides are leaving the party, I am still a member of APC and will not leave the party”.
According to him, “as a father of Imo state, I still remain in the best position to select the best among Emeka Ihedioha, Hope Uzodimma, Ifeanyi Araraume and Uche Nwosu who is the best among all of them. Nwosu believes in Imo state, he has investment in the state. Nwosu is my candidate. Any party that these young men want to go they are free and I want say it again
that Nwosu is my candidate”.
In Zamfara even as a High Court had issued an order stopping INEC and APC from disqualifying candidates from contesting in the 2019 general elections, the Commission did not publish the names of candidates from the State when it published the list for National Assembly, Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections.
James Kwen, Abuja