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Primaries: Imo APGA Misses INEC Deadline


As the October seven deadline for conclusion of all primary elections and submission of names of candidates of political parties to the Independent National Electoral Commission ahead of next year’s elections comes to an end, a state of uncertainty exists in the All Progressives Grand Alliance in Imo State over the failure of the party to conduct its gubernatorial primary election.

The party had scheduled its gubernatorial primary election for nineteen aspirants on Friday last week but had to shift it to Saturday over undisclosed reasons.

The election again failed to hold on Saturday and had left both the party faithful and aspirants in a state of confusion as the deadline gradually winds to an end.

Meanwhile thirteen governorship aspirants under the platform have expressed disappointment over the failure of the party to conduct primary election to choose a standard bearer.

In a joint news conference held in Owerri, one of the aspirants Mr. Sam Amadi warned that they would resist any attempt to impose a candidate.

Mr. Amadi said the aspirants had resolved to choose their candidate through a transparent process to enthrone good governance in Imo State.

Reacting to the development, the Publicity Secretary of APGA in Imo State Dr. George Nkworji blamed the situation to inability of the party to arrive at a consensus list of delegates to the election.

He accused the aspirants of tampering with the list of delegates and expressed the fear that the party might not field a candidate for the governorship position if urgent steps were not taken to remedy the situation.