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Protest greets Ebonyi APC governorship primary

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Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in , num­bering about 500 on Wednesday besieged ’s state secretariat in Abakaliki, to reject of the gover­norship primary of held last weekend.

The protesters carried placards with various inscriptions such as: ‘Say no to fake lists’, ‘Prof. Odoh is our choice in ’, ‘We don’t want fake delegates from Ikwo and Ezza South’, ‘On prof. we stand’, among others.

The protesters alleged that from Ikwo and Ezza doctored.

The protesters were supporters of Prof. Bernard Odoh, who came second in the contest with a total of 519 votes, as against 785 votes garnered by Sen. Sonni Ogbuoji, who was elected the flag-bearer.

The aggrieved APC members led by Mr. Samchi Mgbada, al­leged that the delegates list from the manipulat­ed to favour a particular candi­date.

Odoh had earlier at a press con­ference, rejected of the primary election, alleging fowl play in the entire process.

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He alleged that used by the electoral com­mittee did not emanate from the congresses of May this year.

Meanwhile, Ogbuoji at a press briefing at his campaign office in Abakaliki, dismissed Odoh’s position on the outcome of the poll, alleging that he endorsed the delegates list which emanated from the national secretariat of .

“At that point we had a chal­lenge before us. We now asked that the national legal adviser of the party be reached for him to explain to us why we have certi­fied true copies that were not the same. But he insisted that the list from Abuja was the valid copy as far as they were concerned.

“At that point, it would be openly said that they denied knowledge of the one in the state isn’t it?

“At that point, Odoh who was seated at the front row raised his hand and said that this exercise cannot afford to be in futility; and so, the national body that has come must be allowed to do their job. That we are wasting our time here; that we should allow them to do their job”, Ogbuoji said.

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Meanwhile, a senatorial as­pirant for Ebonyi Central zone, Chief Enyi Enyi, has threatened to resist the contentious delegates list should the electoral committee attempt to use it for senatorial primary election.

Addressing the protesters, the State APC Chairman, Pastor Eze Nwachukwu, appealed to the aggrieved party faithful to remain calm, assuring that their matter would be looked into.(NAN)

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