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APC Primaries: Oshiomhole Petitioned by an APC Member in Ebonyi State
Following the just concluded primaries of the All Progressives Congress across the country, the national president of APC, Adams Oshiomhole has been petitioned by an aggrieved party member from Ebonyi state.
In a report available ONLINE, Oshiomhole was petitioned on Wednesday, October 17 by Ndubuisi Chibueze-Agbo, a former commissioner of education who was also a House of Representatives aspirant for Ohaukwu and Ebonyi local government areas federal constituency. It was gathered that the former commissioner alleged that there ware fake names in the list sent to the national chairman after the election in the state, adding that the election officers assigned to the state compromised their integrity and added names that did not exist.
He said: “Ogbonnaya Onu, minister of science and technology and former Ebonyi governor, Martin Elechi were excluded from actively participating in the exercise. “That the party should carry out its activities in the state without their inputs or knowledge is to say the least an aberration. “None of these great leaders were allowed to vote nor contribute to the selection of those that will represent them in their constituencies.” Stating the reason for his petition, Chibueze-Agbo said he was concerned about the rift the development has generated in the party, adding that if not properly handled might cause internal crisis in the state. He said: “I write as a bonafide and ardent supporter and promoter of our party, APC in Ebonyi. “I have suffered personal losses more than any individual in the state, if not in Nigeria as a whole as three of my educational institutions have been closed down for over a year and property thereto revoked by the state government in my proactive bid to build our party. “However, the apparent display of impunity, illegality and wanton departure from all known laid down guidelines of APC in the purported primary elections is a thing of regret, disbelief and characteristically anomalous. “This is unacceptable by the supporters of our party in the state who are itching for a positive leadership change in Ebonyi and I urgently beg for your quick and timely intervention to safe our great party from collapse.” He also added: “It is very absurd that the electoral committee which had the mandate to conduct our primary elections was powered with fake and contentious executive/delegate lists.
“These lists were different both in character and substance from that known and approved by the APC national secretariat approved as working and operational documents for the exercise. “The use of the fake lists against the original lists made mess of the entire exercise as our genuine executives/delegates were disenfranchised, while those allowed to vote were not known to our party here in the state. “I am also aware that some aspirants of our party have petitioned your office as a result of this action. Our party is in a state of quagmire. “For the first time in Ebonyi, lives were lost in the conduct of primary elections. “This is just intra party crises. It is better imagined than experienced as about seven or more persons were killed and many injured in Onueke, Ezza South local government area in the name of APC primary election. “This is not the change we envisaged; this is totally unacceptable, if party politics has gotten to a level where people are killed like chickens, then the change we are preaching has a very big question mark. This is a very sad disappointing development”.