Some aggrieved aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi state in the just conducted 2019 general elections called on the National leadership of the party under the chairmanship of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to probe the Ebonyi state Governorship candidate of the party, Senator Sonni Ogbuoji over alleged diversion to his private use the campaign fund and other anti-party activities in the state.
Speaking on behalf of other aggrieved Aspirants, a House of Representatives aspirant for Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo federal constituency, Mazi Ogbonnia Onu said that Senator Ogbuoji destroyed the chances of APC in winning the election insisting that due to his alleged nonchalant attitude and failure to mobilize members of the party for the elections in the state, the party recorded poor result.
He alleged that the failure of APC in the state during the Presidential and other elections was because Ogbuoji never mobilized or campaigned sufficiently for votes as he abadoned his campaign and supporters for three weeks before the election.
The aggrieved Aspirants noted that the Senator only stayed in Abuja and appeared around 6:30pm on the eve of the Governorship election claiming that the Presidency had directed INEC to declare him winner.
Onu accused Ogbuoji for substituting validly elected candidates with his cronies who later defected to the PDP at the eve of the Governorship election which indicated his romance with the PDP in the state.
“During the primaries, Ogbuoji was not popular candidate for the Governorship seat but he circumvented the process which caused infractions between party leaders and other aspirants. Ogbuoji also changed all popular candidates that won their primaries in the state”.
“Most worrisome is the fact that some of his cronies that he used to replace the validly elected candidates of the party decamped to the PDP at the eve of the Governorship election. This posits that Ogbuoji is a mole in our great party, APC”.
“This, no doubt, showed that all Senator Sonni Ogbuoji was looking for was Election Support Fund from the party, having not campaigned anywhere or displayed any seriousnness that he was actually running any election as he could not deliver his ward to the President or other candidates of APC in the election”.
“It is worthy to note that some stakeholders of the party donated huge sum of money to Ogbuoji campaign council including the minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu who equally donated some amount of money and also shared reasonable amounts of money to all National and state House of Assembly candidates in Ebonyi state”, they said.
The group urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of APC to discountenance all the antics of Senator Ogbuoji as his new tactics was to discredit other stakeholders and members just to lobby for ministerial position.
As the group urged the teeming supporters of APC to keep hopes alive on the party, the Aggrieved Aspirants recommended immediate probe of Ogbuoji on the election funds and anti-party activities that led to the defeat of APC in the just conducted general elections in the state. Ends
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