Ondo governor’s wife storms Imo APC secretariat, says Uzodinma hijacked senatorial primary

Mrs. Akeredolu

There was tension in Owerri on Saturday afternoon as the first lady of Ondo State and All Progressives Congress senatorial aspirant for Imo East, Betty Akeredolu, accused the state governor, Hope Uzodinma, of hijacking the primary.

The first lady who stormed the secretariat with her security aides and supporters and came out to address journalists said that she will resist all attempt by the state governor to announce one of the aspirants winner without any election taking place anywhere.

She said that the governor was imposing somebody on other candidates on the pretence of a consensus candidate which she rejected.

Akeredolu said that the delegates lists which were supposed to be used for the election were hidden from her and the other aspirants.

She said, “this is almost 3pm and the elections have not started. Every attempt by governor Hope Uzodinma to impose a person on us as a consensus candidate must be rejected. The primary election must hold so that if I loose I will congratulate the winner.

“They called us and asked us to step down for one unpopular aspirant and I said no that the processes must go on. That there must be an election. You can’t do that to people like us in the 21st century. I have gone round the nine Local Government Areas in the district. The people are ready to vote for me.”

“You can’t write figures, declare somebody winner when there was no election. I, therefore, call on the national chairman of APC not to accept any name from Imo East as the senatorial candidate. The primary has not been held. You can see that the delegates are still waiting while they have smuggled in a name as the winner of an imaginary primary election.

When contacted, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, said that the governor had no hand in party primaries.

Emelumba said that Mrs Akeredolu was protesting because the “thugs she imported” from Ondo state to rig the process were intercepted and arrested by the police.

The commissioner said, “the governor does not conduct primaries. Primary elections are conducted by the national leadership of the party. Secondly, the governor is in Abuja as we speak. How can he be in Abuja and at the same time be accused of mingling in an exercise taking place in Owerri?.

“The governor made it clear when he addressed all the APC aspirants that the processes should be free, fair and credible. The governor has no hand in the primaries.”

~Courtesy, PUNCH.
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