FROM BEATRICE ONUCHUKWU,AWKA
Chief Godwin Ezeno of All Progressives Grand Alliance,APGA, has called on leadership of the party to address the complaints of aspirants in the just concluded primaries.
Ezeno who contested for the party’s ticket for Aguata 1 State Constituency in Anambra State alleged said that most aspirants for nomination to contest various offices were disappointed with the way and manner the process was handled.
He alleged that the party was not in charge of the process but seemed to have left such critical exercise in the hands of one man who determined who gets what in Anambra.The aspirant who was visibly embittered said his aspirations for a fair and clean contest was dashed and that he was still in shock over what happened.
“APGA slogan says ‘be your brother’ keeper’ we are supposed to be our brothers’ keeper, that is what attracted me and most others to APGA but that was not seen in the primary elections.“The leadership of APGA should sit down and do a proper appraisal of how the party’s primary elections were conducted and make necessary corrections, otherwise APGA is heading for collapse.
“The party was not in-charge of what transpired, they did not monitor the process nor showed concern for the way people felt.“Rather they left the entire affair to one person who decided the fate of others, I wonder how one can man be more powerful than the party itself,” he said.
On what transpired in Aguata 1 primary, Ezeno said delegates that cast votes were not known to the people as the list of those that emerged from ward congress was not published.He said the organisers did not commence the process until about 8 pm when vehicles headlamps were used to illuminate the venue.
“They said the venue was Umuchu but four aspirants said no because it was the village of one of us, we advised that it should be move to a neutral ground but the organisers insisted on Umuchu.“About 4.30 pm we had the returning officer (RO) was changed and by 7.30pm eventually arrived around but nothing started until about 8pm.
“Armed thugs were everywhere molesting delegates, the prayed painful gaseous substances which made people to scamper to safety.“I had to run into my car, I could not vote for myself, supporters perceived to be for some aspirants were not allowed to go into the venue, it was riotous.
“Around 9pm, about four vehicles were mobilised to put on their headlamps to illuminate the place, it was quite funny.“Nobody has officially been declared winner of that primary, though at the venue they declared a particular person winner but that is not correct, we want to know those that voted in that primary.
“APGA leadership they must rise to condemn this impunity; we are still confused as to what happened, how it happened and who did it; people are not just happy.“I know how much I spent on this election, how loyal I have been to APGA and how hard I have worked for it but here I am, I have been raped degraded and frustrated,” he said.
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