Otti’s APGA candidacy a ruse, says Ufomba

THE display of the name of Dr Alex Otti by the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) as the  Abia State All Progressives Grand Alliance   ( APGA)  governorship  candidate  in the February election has been described as a ruse and temporary.

  This is because Otti’s rival in the contest for the party ticket Ochiagha Reagan Ufomba who has been the leader and financier of the party in the state and had contested the state guber elections twice  on APGA platform, at the weekend disowned Otti as a member of APGA.

 Addressing a large number of party members from the  17 local councils and 184 wards in the state  in his  Umuogele country home in Isiala Ngwa yesterday , Ufomba recalled that he emerged from the duly convened party primaries overseen by the Acting National Chairman of APGA  Chief Chris Ejike Uche who held office when the court sacked Chief Victor Umeh as the National Chairman.

 He told his party members that he has not withdrawn from the guber contest but rather, that  will flag off his campaign on Wednesday  January 20, adding: 

  “ INEC does not  decide candidates for political parties. The courts  will soon determine the  pending suits on the matter and when this  is done, INEC will quickly comply. 

 In all these past years that I led APGA in Abia state, we never saw any member whose name was Alex Otti.”

 High point of the meeting was the introduction of three APGA candidates in the February election :  Hon Nze Esiaga, a former member of House of Representatives   who is bidding for Abia Central senate seat, Mr Obinna Mgbeahuruike for Isuikwuato/Umunneochi seat in the House of Representatives and his counterpart for Isiala Ngwa North and South ,  Mr Nwaokike Stanley Chukwudi. 


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