The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State, Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe, has said Chief Ikechi Emenike is the party’s only genuine governorship aspirant.
He spoke with reporters in Abuja.
According to him, some of the other so-called ‘‘aspirants’’ have not even registered in the party. One of them, according to him, a well-known PDP member, even claimed to have joined the party barely two weeks ago.
Ndukwe said: “I am worried that the national leaders of the party are watching, as a gang of PDP/PPA members are assiduously working to drive away original APC faithfuls.
While it is alleged that the current PDP government in Abia State bought APC governorship nomination forms for a former PDP deputy governor and a prince in Ngwa land, it is even more true that a young man who benefitted from oil subsidy scam, from Isuikwuato bought forms for himself and three others, including a failed diplomat from Ukwa.
He similarly bought form for this same man when they played a similar spoilers role in the PDP in 2015.
‘‘In their usual political practice, those characters have shared the political positions among themselves.
While the nouvoux riche becomes the governorship candidate, the failed diplomat from Ukwa axis has been tipped to be his running mate; just as they are also falsely promising a former speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly the same deputy governorship position.
‘‘It is the visionary absence of High Chief Ikechi Emenike in a premeditated meeting that put a temporary halt to this wicked manoeuvring.
It is only a matter of time before they announce the man from Isuikwuator axis and his ally from Ukwa East as their preferred gubernatorial flag bearers in the State.
This is not coming to us as a surprise, since we know the antecedents of the actors in this group.
In their bid to take over the party structure in the state, as soon as they purportedly came into the party, through the backdoor, they put spanners in the then ongoing harmonisation process through a willing accomplice, who played along with them to stall the harmonisation process that was aimed at strenghtening the party in the local governments and wards of Abia State.”