The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has said that the party leadership has sacked the committee initially responsible for conducting the party’s governorship primaries in Imo State. The committee which was led by Ahmed Gulak was disbanded for parading fake results from the Imo State gubernatorial primaries, according to Oshiomhole.
The announcement came in shortly after the chairman of the National Working Committee (NWC) sent to conduct the Lagos APC primaries, Clement Eberi, told the press that the primaries held in Lagos were also nullified.
Oshiomhole gave his statement after briefing President Buhari of the recent developments within the party.
“None of the published results is genuine,” he said. “We will disband, we will appoint a fresh committee, an Electoral Panel that will conduct transparent direct primaries that reflect the will of members of APC in Imo State.”
He also stated that he is hopeful the process will be completed before the weekend.
In Lagos State, Eberi stated that “the preparatory process had just been concluded for the primaries. The primary is to begin anytime soon.” He added that “there was no election,” and “election materials are being sorted.”
Lagos and Imo remain one of the last states to conclude their APC governorship primaries. Lagos has been an APC stronghold for decades and the state is crucial to the fortunes of the ruling party. Imo, on the other hand, is the only APC controlled state in the South East.
There are reports that the position of the NWC in Lagos state may be a lifeline for Gov. Ambode and may have stemmed from a direct intervention from the presidency. It remains to be seen how the APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, reacts to the development. The situation in Imo will come as a relief to Gov. Okorocha whose son-in-law came seventh in the results released by the election committee. The governor now has another chance to ensure that his preferred candidate gets the ticket.