Primaries: APGA Is Also Having Problems In Anambra
If you think only APC and PDP are having internal problems, here is a surprise for you from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra state.
Some aspirants of the Federal House of Representative seeking to contest on the party’s platform are crying foul over the primaries held in some constituencies.
The aspirants who spoke to newsmen in Awka on Wednesday described the exercise as a `charade and rape of democratic principle’.
Mr Ebele Onyekwelu, an aspirant for Idemili North and South Federal Constituency said there was no primary as claimed but charade which was aimed at delivering a preferred candidate.
“What happened was a charade and a rape on democracy, justice and good conscience, the whole thing was skewed in favour of a particular candidate.
“We had ward congresses to elect the delegates, result of that congress was not published, so no candidate knew who the delegates were until at the primary ground.
“Majority of the so-called delegates we saw was not party members, I do not know most of those that voted, and some of the statutory delegates were barred from entering the primary arena.
“I had to walk out on the exercise because about seven ward chairmen, nine women leaders and 10 youth leaders were not allowed to go in, again, the number of accredited voters was not announced,” he said.
Onyekwelu called the party leadership to urgently address the injustice done to him and other genuine members of the party adding that their reaction would determine his next moves.
A chieftain of the party, Mr Henry Ezenwa, a delegate in the exercise also said nobody can in good conscience say that a primary election held in the constituency.
Ezenwa, a former council Chairman of Idemili South, corroborated that most eligible delegates were denied access to the venue and called for outright condemnation and cancellation.
“I want tell the leadership of APGA that if they consider what happened yesterday as an election, then they do not have the fear of God,” he said.
Another aspirant, Mr Raymond Okoli seeking the party’s nomination in Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency told newsmen that the exercise was marred with late arrival of officials and shortage of ballot papers.
Okoli accused the party leadership of not providing free and fair playing field for all contestants but skewing the process to favour a preferred candidate.
In his reaction, Joseph Nwabueze, Chairman of the Electoral Committee for the primary in the federal constituency, described the exercise as `free, fair and credible’.
Nwabueze said he followed the guidelines for the primary as set by the National Working Committee of APGA and that nobody was right to accuse his committee of bias.
“The venue is the right place, we called out the names of delegates three times, accredited them and they voted, those protesting the process are not fair,” he said.
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