Contrary to declaration of victory by Mr. Uche Nwosu, son-in-law of Governor Rochas Okorocha, the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has said it has not taken a final decision on who will fly the party’s flag in the 2019 Imo State governorship election.
This was revealed on Wednesday by APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a session with journalists in Abuja, casuing disquiet in Nwosu’s camp, who was declared winner of the last Imo APC gov primary that was boycotted by other aspirants, including Senator Hope Uzodinma.
Mr. Uzodinma was declared the winner of the first primary supervised by Ahmed Gulak led panel.
Mr. Issa-Onilu said that the party’s choice between Senator Uzodimma and Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son-in-law would be made known on November 2nd 2018.
He said: “The issue of submission of governorship candidates to INEC falls due on November 2nd, so we haven’t reached the stage of where we will submit names or beat the deadline.
“You are aware that there was a court action challenging the Imo governorship primary election. The position of the party is that whatever court judgement, good or bad, we must comply with it.
“We will only decide who will be APC’s governorship candidate for Imo State by November 2nd.”
Recall that on Tuesday, a Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Bwari, Abuja had adjourned hearing in the Imo state All Progressives Congress governorship primaries tussle indefinitely.
The suit was filed by Mr. Uzodinma, who prayed, among other things, to be declared the APC governorship candidate for the 2019 Imo State gubernatorial election.
But the presiding Judge, Justice Othman Musa announced the adjournment after reading a petition against his proceedings, signed by one Bisike Chinaka, Deputy Chairman of the party in the state, accusing him of bias.