Six out of the nine aspirants for the gubernatorial election in Imo State under the All Progressives Congress (APC) have rejected the rescheduled primary ordered by the party, describing the process as a charade.
This is as they jointly urged the party leadership to recognise the Ahmed Gulak-led primaries that saw Senator Hope Uzodimma declared as winner.
Recall that on Tuesday, the National Working Committee (NWC) suspended indefinitely, the Imo State governorship primaries.
This was also after the chairman of the Imo State Governorships Primary Committee, established by the NWC, Hon Ahmed Gulak, surprisingly appeared in Abuja to announce Senator Hope Uzodinma as winner with 423,895 votes to defeat eight other aspirants including the son in law to Governor Okorocha, Uche Nwosu.
Speaking at the national secretariat of the APC in Abuja, yesterday, the aspirants insisted that they had taken the matter to court hence; participating would amount to subjudice.
Leader of the team and deputy governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, said “Yesterday, we officially addressed the media, to make our positions known to our party and to the whole world for obvious reasons that the elections have been compromised and for that reason, we all came together, the critical stakeholders, majorly the aspirants and said that primaries have already been conducted and the result ought to be released as it is.
“As I speak to you, some of you may be aware and may have watched on your TV stations that elections are going on. I can tell you that there is nothing going on in Imo state. The result as I speak, has already been written and waiting for submission today and we have totally rejected it and have already gone to court and the processes have already been served on the national chairman and all the relevant critical stakeholders of the party that we have rejected it and we will stand firm on that.
Senator Hope Uzodimma insisted that “all the parties were served with court processes and since the matter is still pending in court, it will be subjudice. It will therefore not be proper for us to partake again in a fresh exercise without waiting for the outcome of the court process.”
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