Bye-election: Araraume accuses Gov. Uzodinma of destroying APC
Senator Ifeanyi Araraume has accused Imo state Governor, Hope Uzodinma of destroying All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state by wrongly supporting Frank Ibezim whom he maintained, never participated in the party’s primaries leading to the Imo North senatorial bye-election.
Araraume and Ibezim are currently having court judgements either for or against in respect of the senatorial election where APC has been declared winner but name of any of the contestants from the party attached.
Araraume while speaking on the African Independent Television, AIT on Sunday said that the Governor is using the power of incumbency to misdirect members of the party and that such was spelling doom for the party.
“Governor Hope Uzodinma is gradually destroying APC with his greed and show of supremacy. Despite the fact that he is the Governor, he does not own the state. He should know that there are some leaders in the state who also deserve a level of respect.
“Everybody knows how rooted I am in Okigwe zone. I have a very strong relationship with my people that they wouldn’t have chosen another in place of me.
“Frank Ibezim is not my match in the zone and never contested the party’s primaries. His name was not in the ballot. The Governor knows these but only wants to show his powers as a Governor.
“We all know Frank Ibezim was disqualified by a court of competent jurisdiction before the December 5th bye-election, and that suit was not appealed,” he explained.
On the other hand, the Governor via his Chief Press Secretary, Oguwuike Nwachukwu had described the position of the former Senator as the cry of a drowning man who is navigating to his political oblivion.
He maintained that Frank Ibezim was the duly elected candidate of APC and participated fully during the party’s primaries and the bye-election on December 5.
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