Imo APC Says Senator Uzodinma Is Not A Party Member
Two factions of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State have disagreed over the mode of primary elections to be conducted in the state.
Naija News understands that the faction led by the state chairman, Daniel Nwafor, had earlier adopted the indirect mode of primaries for all elective positions in the party ahead of the 2019 elections before the other faction of party insisted on direct primaries for all elective positions.
Meanwhile, The State Chairman of the party, Mr. Daniel Nwafor,who spoke to newsmen in a press conference at the party’s secretariat in Owerri, slammed Senator Hope Uzodinma who runs a parallel APC office in the state for adopting direct primaries for all elective positions in the 2019 general elections in the state.
The party leadership also cautioned the Senator against dropping the names of President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomole for selfish pursuits.
Nwafor stated that the Senator does not represent APC, adding that the party has just one authentic executive that has been authenticated by various Court judgments.
According to him, “In the last few days our party has been inundated with calls over the activities of some persons who are posing as members of the APC. Our party is particularly disturbed that this group of people whose nefarious activities as spearheaded by a Senator from this state, Senator Hope Uzodinma.”
“Senator Uzodinma has been misleading the public about certain issues concerning our party. Sunday, our attention was drawn to a kangaroo meeting that was supposedly held by a faction of this party led by Senator Hope Uzodinma. We want to put it on record that Senator Uzodinma is not a member of the APC; his Omuma Ward Chairman has not informed the party that Senator Uzodinma has joined the party.
“Also Senator Uzodinma has not declared on the floor of the Senate that he has joined the APC. The Imo State Executive of our party is not aware that he is a member of this party. There has been a lot of statements credited to him inferring that the President Muhammadu Buhari and our National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomole have empowered him to determine delegates and aspirants, as well as run this party.
“We want to inform the National Executive Committee of our party that to the best of our knowledge, Senator Hope Uzodinma is not a member of APC. If there are waivers for him, we have not been communicated formerly”.
Nwafor continued that, “before anyone in the Presidency or National Headquarters of our party, deals with Senator Hope Uzodinma, it is pertinent that the person as the question, who is Senator Hope Uzodinma, what are his antecedents. After you have determined these two important questions, who will now know how best to deal with him.”
“APC as a party in this state has just one leader and that is Governor Rochas Okorocha and it is on record that when this party was tagged Boko Haram in this state, Governor Okorocha won elections with the party. There is also one state Chairman that has been affirmed by several Court judgments and that his Daniel Nwafor, my humble self”.
Explaining the adoption of indirect primaries by the SEC as the mode for selecting the party’s candidate, Nwafor stated that it was in line with the directive of NEC reached at its last meeting.
In his words, “at the NEC direct primary mode was adopted to choose the Presidential candidate, while states were asked to go and meet and choose their preferred mode among the direct, indirect and consensus modes and in line with that, the Imo SEC of our party met and adopted the indirect mode and we have also communicated same to the NEC as directed”.