The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Ezza North West state constituency in Ebonyi state, south-east Nigeria, Innocent Nomeh, has withdrawn from the supplementary election contest slated for Saturday, March 23, 2019, and has also decamped to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Naija News understands that the election originally scheduled for March 9 was cancelled because unidentified hoodlums burnt the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Registration Area Centre (RAC) at Umuoghara, Ezza North LGA of the state.
Giving reasons for his decision while briefing journalist in Abakaliki said that he withdrew after considering salient issues confronting APC members and candidates after its loss in the presidential and gubernatorial polls in the state.
“It was my genuine intention to represent my people at the House of Assembly after consulting with my family, friends and political associates.
“At the borderline of the whole issue is the unserious disposition of the APC in the state towards the election which it ultimately lost to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“The APC was unserious during the electioneering campaigns and elections as its gubernatorial candidate even lost in his polling unit to the PDP.
“APC received serious electoral battering by the PDP as it substituted genuine candidates from its primaries until the courts reinstated some of them, including myself,” he said.
Nomeh remarked that it was clear that the APC was never serious in the election and ultimately its candidates still in the electoral race, engaging in a ‘wild goose chase.”
“We have been made vulnerable and politically incapacitated to win elections as the party leadership mismanaged funds and other logistics that could have enhanced our performances,” he said.
He said that after consulting his family and political associates, he decided to withdraw his membership of the APC, withdraw from the contest on March 23 and join the PDP.
“This decision is entirely mine, made out of my own volition without any coercion as I urge my supporters to take it with great courage.
“I also enjoin them to support me in this new quest to contribute to the state’s development as present members of the PDP,” he said.
Reacting to the development, the APC state Chairman, Eze Nwachukwu, however, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the party did not recognise Nomeh as its candidate for the election.
“We only recognise Mr Emeka Nnoko as our candidate as Nomeh is on his own.
“We have not received any court order reinstating him as the candidate of the party and we stand on our decision,” he said.