From Everest Ezihe, Owerri
As the crisis rocking Imo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), continues to fester, one of the defeated aspirants to the party’s ticket for the Imo North senatorial district bye election, Chidimma Uwajumogu, has accused the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, of dropping the name of President Muhammadu Buhari to attract underserved support for his preferred candidate, Frank Ibezim ahead of the October 31 poll
Uwajumogu, who described the emergence of Ibezim as APC candidate for the election as “a ruse and effort in futility,” insisted that he emerged through a flawed process.
The aggrieved aspirant, who spoke with journalists at the weekend in Owerri, berated the Minister of State for Education, who she accused of selfishly cornering all positions and appointments due for Okigwe Senatorial zone, without considering the feelings, wishes and aspiration of others.
She described Nwajiuba’s claim that President Buhari, had personally anointed Ibezim and subsequently directed that he be delivered at all cost, as false, watery and inconsequential. “.
“How can you anoint a person whose membership of APC is questionable and tell other aspirants who are more qualified, educated and exposed to step down for him?”, she queried.
She wondered why, after meeting with members of the panel, who told them to go and wait for them in their voting centres, for the direct primary election and they never showed up.
“If this issue is not properly handled, in line with the principles of justice and fairness, by providing enabling environment, for all to contest and shun all forms of sentiments, our great party will not only be impeding it’s growth, electoral strength and spread but will be watering the seeds of discord.
While accusing Nwajiuba of grabbing all appointments from the zone, which according to her included the Vice Chancellorship of the Federal University in Ebonyi State, “which he facilitated for his elder brother, the Federal House of Representative slot which he grabbed for himself and abandoned it when the ministerial appointment came up,’ Uwajumogu warned that the alleged imposition of Ibezim by Nwajiuba would serve as a litmus test for the party, stressing that most of the aspirants, including those who were compelled to step down are not happy about the unfolding developments and have vowed to go to any length to resist the aberration