Just barely three days after the Imo North bye-election, the political duo of Governor Hope Uzodinma and Senator Ifeanyi Araraume have locked horns and resorted to verbal attacks of who is destroying the party, the All Progressives Congress, APC.
On Sunday, in an interview conducted by the African Independent Television, AIT, Ifeanyi Araraume accused Governor Hope Uzodinma of destroying the party by wrongly supporting Frank Ibezim, whom he maintained, never participated in the party’s primaries.
Araraume said that Hope Uzodinma uses the power of incumbency to misdirect members of the APC in the state and that such was spelling doom for the party.
“Governor Hope Uzodinma is gradually destroying APC with his greed and show of supremacy. Even though he is the Governor, he does not own the state. He should know that some leaders in the state also deserve a level of respect.
“Everybody knows how rooted I am in Okigwe zone. I have a very strong relationship with my people that they wouldn’t have chosen another in place of me.
“Frank Ibezim is not my match in the zone and never contested the party’s primaries. His name was not on the ballot. The Governor knows these but only wants to show his powers as a Governor.
“We all know a court of competent jurisdiction disqualified Frank Ibezim before the December 5 by-election, and that suit was not appealed,” he explained.
Meanwhile, the Governor via Oguwuike Nwachukwu, his Chief Press Secretary, had described the former Senator’s position as the cry of a drowning man who is navigating to his political oblivion.
Governor Hope maintained that Frank Ibezim was the duly elected candidate of the All Progressive Congress and participated fully during the party’s primaries and the by-election on December 5.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has on Saturday, December 5, 2020, declared All Progressive Congress candidate winner of the bye-election but failed to mention whose name was on the ballot.
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