Councillors numbering 645 elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress on Wednesday protested in Owerri, Imo State, over the controversy trailing the outcome of the party’s governorship primary in the state.
The protesters who blocked the Government House roundabout urged APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, to announce the governorship candidate of the party in the state.
The demonstrators who expressed displeasure over automatic tickets given to four aspirants from the state by the national working committee of the party, demanded that the result of the October 6 governorship primary which produced Uche Nwosu as the winner should be announced and consequently submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The chairman, Imo State Councillors Forum, Godwin Nwankwo, said that, “is very unhealthy and unacceptable to the 645 councillors in Imo State who are in charge of the grassroots.”
Nwankwo said that the protest was to let the APC NWC know that any attempt to substitute Nwosu’s name with anybody’s would be rejected.
Buhari: “Be faithful to your country” – to angry APC aspirants
On Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari has urged aspirants of the All Progressives Congress who lost out in the primaries to remain faithful and hold fast on integrity to the nation.
A statement issued by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, on Wednesday, said, “We must maintain our faith in the country,’’ he told the coalition of party members who contested the primaries.
President Buhari said he contested presidential elections three times before coming to power in 2015, adding that, “providence will always pave the way for the just, committed and patient politician who wants to truly serve the country.’’
He told the aspirants that “those who mismanaged the resources of the country are still very much around, with incredible wealth.’’
He warned them to be vigilant and circumspect in making choices, saying the future would only be salvaged by those who love the country.
He said: “I spoke with the APC party chairman almost every other day, at least for an hour during the primaries.
“And sometimes, we met for two and a half hours on ensuring internal democracy during the primaries.’’
He pointed out that in spite of all efforts to appease everyone and give them a chance at the polls, some aspirants were still not treated fairly.
“I urge you to stay faithful if your objective is to serve the country.
“I came back to power in this agbada’ to convince Nigerians to make sacrifices that the country needs now for a better future,’’ he added.
In his remarks, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, said the meeting was organised to address grievances and fallout of the APC primary elections across the country.