…As tension mounts in party over consensus candidate in Imo
By Chidi Nkwopara & Chinonso Alozie
OWERRI—FOR refusing to give Biafra warlord, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu’s widow, Bianca Ojukwu, automoatic ticket for her senatorial ambition, the leaders of Biafra Independence Movement, BIM, and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, have passed a vote of no confidence on All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA.
This is as the inability to arrive at a consensus candidate is said to be tearing the Imo state chapter of the party apart.
BIM/MASSOB also ordered all political office aspirants on APGA platform, to “remove within seven days, the pictures of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, (from their banners, handbills and billboards) in their own interest.”
Explaining why they read the riot act against the party, during an emergency meeting in Owerri, the protagonist of the groups, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, said: “How can APGA and its followers continue to use the symbol of Igbo identity and struggle to continuously win votes,without according due respect to him and his family? APGA has sadly humiliated Iyom Bianca Ojukwu by refusing to give her automatic senatorial ticket.
“Any affront on Ojukwu is an affront on Ndigbo. We can’t forget that Ojukwu’s son tried getting a ticket for the House of Representatives. APGA failed him. This time, two other senatorial aspirants were given automatic tickets, while that of Anambra South was up for contest.
“Beside this, APGA leadership surreptitiously asked the delegates to vote against Bianca Ojukwu. Following this development, MASSOB has passed vote of no confidence on APGA. We have also directed our members not to vote for APGA again.”
Tension in Imo APGA over consensus candidate
Meantime, the inability to arrive at a consensus candidate is said to be tearing apart , the Imo State chapter of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA.
Vanguard gathered yesterday in Owerri that the meeting for consensus candidate had started on Sunday.
This is after the party failed to produce a governorship candidate for 2019 election during it’s primary at Aladimma Hall in Owerri.
Vanguard can authoritatively report that after what was described as botched primary, the plan for consensus candidate was initiated.
A close source told Vanguard that, “The meeting for who will become a consensus candidate had started on Sunday. We have decided that since the party cannot elect a candidate through a legal means, we have to come together and agree on a consensus candidate.”
Some of the governorship aspirants angling to have a consensus candidate included the immediate past governor of Imo state, Ikedi Ohakim, Frank Nneji, Bright Nwanne, Steve Nwoga and Sam Amadi.
Others are Charles Onyeagbako, Zik Azike, Uche Onyegucha, Ike Ibeh, Nick Opara Ndudu, Chike Nsofor, Philip Ibekwe and Obi Njoku.”
In support of the planned concensus candidate, one of the governorship contestants under the platform of APGA, Sam Amadi, who spoke on behalf of the coalition of other aspraints said: “The election did not hold because there was no accreditation. Let me also tell you that anybody claiming that the primary was held is lying.”