Critical Times News : APC CRISIS: Gov Okorocha, Yari and Amosun lose battle

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APC CRISIS: Gov Okorocha, Yari and Amosun lose battle

All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirants in Imo, Rivers, Ogun and Zamfara states are contacting prayer warriors as they await the outcome of yesterday’s National Working Committee (NWC) meeting of the ruling party, where it took the final decision on the list of candidates to be submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

INEC had said there is no backing out on November 2, deadline for the submission of the final list of candidates for the 2019 governorship election.

APC has been embroiled in protracted crises following the outcome of its primaries in most states. However, such crises are worse in Imo, Rivers, Ogun and Zamfara states, due to lack of common ground to arrive at a compromise.

In Imo State, two rival candidates, Senator Hope Uzodimma and the former Chief of Staff to Governor Rochas Okorocha, Chief Uche Nwosu, emerged from two parallel primaries, leaving the party’s national leadership in a quagmire over the candidate to be forwarded to INEC.

But competent sources informed The AUTHORITY that Senator Hope Uzodimma may have been given the nod for the Imo ticket after the party’s NWC dropped Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law to Governor Okorocha, as the preferred candidate.

It was further gathered that the APC leadership had at an earlier meeting with the presidency asked Okorocha to choose between his Orlu zone senatorial ambition and his desire to have his son in-law as his successor, but the governor insisted that only himself and Nwosu were the best candidates for the two electoral portfolio.

The decision, it was learnt, was reached at a reconciliatory meeting by the national chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, in which Okorocha and members of the Coalition Group advised the governor to cede 45 per cent of the party’s structure to the Sen. Uzodinma.

For Governor Ibukunle Amosun of Ogun State, he was said to have lost out in a bid to become a Senator and at the same time hand-pick a surrogate for the governorship of the state.

In Zamfara state, INEC maintained that APC cannot present any candidate during the 2019 general elections, citing the party’s inability to conduct primary elections.

This decision has put paid to the ambition of the Governor Abdullaziz Yari to move over to the National Assembly as senator.

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