The bad blood in the Imo State chapter of the APC thickened on Sunday as the “impeached” deputy governor, Eze Madumere, two senators, Hope Uzodinma and Benjamin Uwajumogu, a member of the House of representatives, Goodluck Opiah, five members of the state House of Assembly and others disagreed with Governor Rochas Okorocha over the mode of primaries to be used for the choice of the party’s governorship candidate.
The State Working Committee of the party had on Thursday adopted indirect primaries, citing security risk as reason, but Madumere, the federal and state lawmakers are insisting on direct primaries, Punch reports.
Addressing party members in Owerri during a “crucial meeting” of the members of the party opposed to the governor’s succession plan, on Sunday, Madumere reportedly said the governor could not decide for the party.
Mr. Madumere argued that with the peculiarities of the state, direct primaries option was the best for the state and urged party members not to allow the governor to intimidate them.
He said “We stand for direct primaries and by God grace, we will succeed. All the important members of the Imo APC are for direct primaries. That is the best for our party. It is the best for Imo and for our democracy.We will work together to restore the dignity of Imo State, no one man is bigger than Imo State.”
Senator Uzodinma asked party members to resist the governor and his plan to hijack the party and impose his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as his successor.
Senator Uwajumogu added that the Imo APC did not belong to one person.
He said, “It is very wrong that one man will appropriate to himself all the 42 positions meant for the state to himself. We are going to organise ourselves properly and we will meet them anywhere. The governor is a coward.
“The party has declared that in any state where there is litigation that the state will conduct direct primaries. We have pieces of litigation in Imo APC. We are ready and I want to tell you that in life we only die once.”