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Controversy trails AGPA Imo State primaries

23 December 2014, 10:04Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The campaign team of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship election candidate, Emmanuel Ihenacho, has attempted to clear the confusion ensuing from the outcome of the opposition's primary elections in Imo State.

Emperor Iwuala, Director of Information and Publicity of the Captain Ihenacho Campaign Organisation, conceded that since the December 8 poll, the media had been inundated with an impression that there was confusion as to who the authentic governorship candidate for APGA in Imo State was.

“This media hype has been continuously sponsored by one of the aspirants who lost in the exercise by name, Okey Ezeh,” Iwuala said blaming the contestant who could not be reached for comment.

According to AGPA, Ihenacho won the poll after securing 972 votes to Eze’s 44 votes. Okechukwu Unegbu polled three votes while 16 were void.

“Consequently, Capt Ihenacho was returned elected as the party’s flag-bearer for the 2015 Governorship Election in Imo State and also issued with a Certificate of Return before the close of the exercise.

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One of the contestants Mazi Okey Unegbu has since congratulated Capt Ihenacho promising to support the candidate and the party to win the
2015 general elections,” said Iwuala in a statement.

Subsequently, the Independent National Electoral Commission has also issued the former minister with the commission’s nomination form, he added.

“However, it is very ridiculous that the runner up in that primary election, Mr Ezeh, has continuously tried to deceive some sections of the press and the general public with absolute falsehood and fake press statements,” Iwuala said.

There are claims one Chief C. C. Nwaka posited himself as the chairman of APGA in Imo State and declared Ezeh the party’s governorship flag-bearer while the latter reportedly claimed his name had been forwarded to INEC as the authentic governorship candidate.

It is believed Nwaka claims to have suspended Ihenacho and Peter Ezeobi, the authentic chairman, from APGA.

“Initially, we had ignored the above, fraudulent, ridiculous, childish, unpatriotic and wicked claims. But the recent confusion Okey Ezeh’s drama is trying to cause has made it incumbent on us to come up with the true position of things,” said Iwuala.

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