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Imo Aspirants Reject Direct APC Primaries



A governorship aspirant for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State, Chima Anozie, has urged his supporters to disregard reports that the state chapter of the party has adopted direct primaries as the mode to elect its candidates ahead of the 2019 general elections. Anozie, who briefed the media after obtaining his expression of interest and nomination forms for Imo State governorship race, also stated that for fairness, the APC governorship ticket in the state should be conceded to the people of Owerri Zone. In a swift reaction to the zoning comment, another APC governorship ticket aspirant, Uche Nwosu, asked aspirants to concentrate on competence and not zoning. Nwosu, who also spoke after obtaining his intent and nomination forms, said he has the better competence to govern Imo State.

A faction of Imo State APC, under the chairmanship of Chidi Nwafor, met on Thursday in Owerri and announced that it has adopted indirect primary to elect its candidates. The Imo APC position however, is contrary to the directives of the national leadership of the party which has emphasised that the party adopts direct primary process for all categories of its election, ahead of the 2019 polls. Anozie, who was the first aspirant from Imo to pick forms ahead of the elections, maintained that the state can only take a position in a meeting that would be attended by all the stakeholders from both factions.

“I want to make it known here that Imo APC has not taken any position on its mode of primary for electing candidates for our elections. “I am an aspirant, I have bought my expression of interest and nomination forms for the governorship election at the cost of N22.5million. Can you say I am not a stakeholder in the party? Who were the stakeholders that met? This is about election and it is all about testing our popularity at the grassroots. Why then are we afraid of that aspect of our democracy? “For the party to arrive at a position of the process, all the stakeholders must be in agreement as directed by the national leadership of our party. If not, Imo APC would face serious crisis that may affect its performance in the 2019 elections,” he cautioned. On his part, Nwosu, who is the chief of staff to the Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, said that the state APC has adopted indirect primaries.
He also said that the party was doing everything to resolve the crisis in the state for a unified election.

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