- Governorship aspirants under the umbrella of APGA have agreed to field a consensus candidate
- They arrived at the decision due to the inability of the party to conduct a credible election in the state
- They, however, lamented that the deadline given to them by INEC could not be met
Frank Nneji, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), ABC transport and 13 other governorship aspirants in Imo state on the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), have agreed to adopt a consensus candidate.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other aspirants are Ikedi Ohakim, a former governor of the state and Uche Onyeagocha, former member, House of Representatives, Ike Ibe, Humphrey Anumudu and Steve Nwoga, Sam Amadi.
Others are Charley Onyeagbako, Chike Nsofor, Ziggy Azike, Philip Ibekwe, Nick Opara-Ndudu, Bright Nwanne and Obi Njoku.
The aspirants made the agreement in a statement they issued in Owerri on Monday, October 8.
They, however, expressed concern that the party leadership in the state could not meet the October 7 deadline of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for submission of names of the candidates of the party for all elective positions.
They also condemned the failure of the party's leadership to conduct a credible primary election.
The aspirants assured supporters of their unflinching determination to continue to resist imposition of a candidate on the party.
They said: “The failure of the leadership of the party to guarantee credible primaries for Imo APGA is a terrible disappointment.The plot to impose a candidate on Imo APGA will continue to be resisted.
“We have resolved to present a consensus candidate from among the aspirants after due process and consultation between all APGA governorship aspirants and party leaders.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that APGA on Sunday, October 7, elected retired General John Ogbor as its presidential candidate for the 2019 elections.
Ogbor, who was elected during the party’s primary election in Abuja, has Jerry Chukwueke as his running mate.
He said he was contesting for president in order to restructure the country so that it could become a developed nation.
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