There is a contention over who will represent the All Progressives Congress (APC) as governorship candidate in Imo state. The party’s head office has said it will come to a final decision on November 2nd, but Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of the incumbent governor, Rochas Okorocha, is insisting that he is the rightful winner beyond any doubt.
Backstory: Two primaries were conducted in the state. A committee led by Ahmed Gulak conducted one which produced Hope Uzodinma as candidate. That result was cancelled by the National Working Committee of the party, and a new committee led by Ibrahim Agbabiaka conducted another election which was won by Nwosu. However contentions remained, with Uzodinma filing a court action in protest.
APC spokesman, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, subsequently said: “We will only decide who will be APC’s governorship candidate for Imo State by November 2nd.”
Nwosu disagrees. “There are no contentions to my victory at the Imo State governorship primary election, probably the Publicity Secretary was not well informed. What we have at the records is that the governorship candidate of the APC in Imo State is Uche Nwosu,” he said.
“Not only that, I have a valid Court Order barring the party and the Independent National Electoral Commission from receiving any name that is not my name, there is no contention in that, the only primary that was upheld was that of Agbabiaka, which I won and everybody knew it was the authentic primary. The earlier primary that was to be conducted by Ahmed Gulak was canceled and disbanded and a new Committee was reconstituted.”
Bottom line: The APC already faces an uphill battle in Imo. There is a strong sentiment against the party in the region, and any division within its ranks will further worsen matters. However the governor’s insistence that he be succeeded by a member of his own family will be a bitter pill to swallow for many party members and Imo voters.