AGGRIEVED Aspirants in the recently ended All Progressives Congress governorship primary in Anambra State have urged President Muhammadu Buhari (retd) and the party to hold a new election to determine the party’s standard bearer for the November 6 election.
Senator Andy Uba, the victor of the APC Governorship Primary conducted in Awka, was announced by Governor Dapo Abiodun’s APC Governorship Primary Committee.
While announcing the results, Abiodun stated that Uba received 230,201 votes, defeating his nearest challenger, Johnbosco Onunkwo, who received 28,746 votes.
However, 11 of the 14 candidates were dissatisfied with the results and vowed to file a formal complaint against the governor and his team.
George Moghalu, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Inland Waterways Authority, spoke on behalf of the unhappy aspirants, saying the primary that produced Uba as a candidate was “vexatious and dishonest.”
“Anyone who claims that there was a primary election in Anambra APC governorship is fake and does not know what they are talking about,” Moghalu stated at a press conference in Awka.
He appealed to the party’s leadership, especially President Buhari, to save the party from doom “by conducting a fresh primary” where all the aspirants would participate in the contest.
In response, Uba described his victory as a collective one, urging his co-aspirants to join hands with him to win the governorship for the party in November.
He said, “ I’m mindful that our lofty dream can be achieved by being focused and united. I have accepted to be the party’s flag bearer for the 6th November polls and appeal to my co contestants to join hands with me to deliver the state for APC.
“I wish to use this opportunity to thank INEC officers, my family, my campaign Director General, Paul Chukwuma, and my campaign team for the role they played towards making the election a successful one.”