The All Progressive Congress (APC), in Abia state,has called on the National Working Committee of the party ably led by Sen Abdullahi Adamu,to accept the result of the Governorship Primaries that produced Dr Uche Ogah.
According to the party executive in Abia, their faction stood by the directive of the National body that directed Abia, Osun and Benue states to conduct ‘Direct Primaries’.
Recall that the APC in Abia state, recently conducted a parallel congress, that produced High Chief Ikechi Emenike and Dr Uche Ogah respectively.While the Kingsley Ononogbu’s faction adopted Indirect primaries that produced High Chief Ikechi Emenike, Hon Opusunji Goldie Wabara’s faction of the same party, elected Dr Uchechukwu Ogah, through Direct Primaries.
Briefing Newsmen in Umuahia,the Acting factional Chairman of Abia APC, Hon Opusunji Goldie Wabara, told newsmen that his faction of the party stood on the Direct Primary Election that produced Dr Ogah as Abia state APC Guber candidate,as instructed by the National Working Committee,led by Senator Abdullahi Adamu.
The Acting Chairman went further to intimate the press through the State Secretary, Mr Perfect Okorie, that Abia state APC are law abiding, hence, they conducted Direct Primaries for all their elective positions,while the other faction went against the directive.
He also revealed that the party has observed that some people are making negotiations on behalf of the party, describing such acts as frolic and warning any individual or group of persons championing such moves to desist,stating that any negotiation that does not upheld the Direct Primary Election result, should be dropped..
According to him,”It has come to our notice certain group of persons have been going about presenting themselves as if they are representing APC.They have been seeking to assuming authorities they do not have. We wish to state categorically that we have not appointed any individual to negotiate with any body as regards the Abia state APC Guber Primaries.We concluded our Governorship Primaries on the 26th of May, which was duly conducted”.
He, however, revealed that the election was done across the 184 wards of the seventeen Local Government Areas of the State and was monitored by officials of the Independent Electoral Commission INEC and result comunicated to APC headquarters.
The Acting State Chairman called on the National leadership of the APC, that instructed Abia,Benue and Osun states to conduct direct primaries, to further honor their directives by taking Dr Uche Ogah as the sole Abia state APC Guber candidate that was duly elected.
Some aggrieved members of the party were seen protesting with placards that read,”On Direct Primaries We Stand, Governor Hope Uzodinma, leave Abia APC alone,NWC Directed for Direct Primaries,among others”.
The Secretary of the Party, Perfect Okorie, however, noted that the outcome of the primaries is being given authentication, as the chairman of the NWC and the Secretary, have appended their signatures, insisting that Dr Ogah is the authentic governorship candidate for Abia.
It could be recalled that on the 26th of May, 2022, the Abia state APC chairman led by Kingsley Ononogbu conducted indirect primaries that produced chief Ikechi Emenike as the Abia APC Guber candidate,while Chief Goldie Wabara, the factional Acting Chairman, conducted direct primaries that produced Dr. Uche Ogah as the Abia state Guber APC candidate.