*As APC Youths Insist Party Primaries For Electing Next Governor
The recent endorsement of Chief Uche Nwosu, Chief of Staff to the Imo State Government by the state Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has started engendering crises in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo state.
Indication to this emerged as different youth groups distanced themselves from the purported endorsement, staging a protest at a meeting called to rally support for the anointed candidate of the governor.
The protesting groups include, Imo Youth Council, the Agenda Vanguard (A V), Imo Youth Enlightenment Organisation (IYEO), Rochas Youth Alliance (RYA), APC Youth Vanguard (APCYV), Youth Equity Group (YEG), APC Youth League (APCYL) and the Imo Youths Agenda (IYA).
The groups had on Tuesday stormed out of a meeting organised by the Special Adviser to Governor Okorocha on Youth Affairs, Kenneth Emelu at the Imo Youth Centre to lobby for their support for the governor’s anointed successor.
Addressing a press conference shortly at the Imo Concord Hotel, the State commander, AV, comrade Ibeawuchi Nwannaeri who spoke on behalf of the groups said APC would only support a candidate who emerges through a credible party primary, irrespective of the zone.
Although, Nwannaeri described Nwosu’s endorsement by Governor Okorocha as a good candidate for the position, but maintained that the party’s interest should be paramount.
“We don’t want to make mistakes, youths of Imo do not support endorsement of an individual.
“Nwosu is a youth and a good man, but the interest of the party should be paramount. No matter the situation, be it Madumere, Nwosu, Ololo or Ejiogu, what we are saying is that they should emerge through party primary” Nwannaeri said.
Similarly, a stakeholder of the party, and a former Commissioner for Information, chief Vitalis Ajumbe while reacting to the endorsement by Governor Okorocha said, though the governor has a right to endorse any candidate, he, nonetheless has no right to determine who becomes his successor in 2019.
He added that the right to choose the next governor of Imo State should be left to the electorates.
“Governor Okorocha has the right to support any candidate, but has no right to determine who becomes the governor, that right should be left for the electorates to decide”
“If he thinks endorsing his son -in-law would make him the governor, he is deceiving himself. It only shows that Okorocha wants to come back for a third term through the back door” Ajumbe said.
However, trouble broke out when the youths demanded their share of N10 million from Hon. Emelu allegedly budgeted to secure youths’ endorsements only to receive a paltry N1,500 each.
The angry youths reached for their pound of flesh from the convener of the meeting and would have rough handle him but for the timely intervention of security agents.
Meanwhile, no fewer than ten APC youths sustained various degrees of injuries as majority of aggrieved ones totally rejected Governor Okorocha’s son-in-law describing him as arrogant, a misfit and money-miss-road who knows nothing about governance other than fun seeking.