By Ekanem Iniko
A leading contender in the recently conducted guber primaries of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom State, Sen. John James Akpanudoedeghe has vowed to challenge the result as released on Thursday, December 4, 2014 which declared Obong Umana Okon Umana as winner.
The Akwa Ibom State’s guber primaries Committee of the APC had declared Umana winner of the primaries which was adjudged by most members of the party in the state as inconclusive.
One of the delegates to the primaries who gave his name as Ebong Jimmy while talking to our correspondent said they did not vote at the primaries and wondered the basis upon which a winner emerged.
He said “as far I am concerned, there was no APC governorship primaries in Akwa Ibom State. I was one of the delegates to the said primaries but I did not vote and nobody voted, then how did the winner emerge”
Speaking further, he said “the whole problem started at the gate during accreditation. Some people who we knew were not delegates to the primaries were allowed free access into the venue while some of us were not even allowed to enter. So there were confusions here and there so when Sen. John Udoedeghe came to the venue, we all protested to him. He tried to talk to the members of the Committee on the issue of the irregularities we raised but they didn’t listen. So it was glaring that there was something fishy, then we were left with no other option than to boycott the exercise. So, more than seventy percent of the entire authentic delegates left the venue only for us to hear the following day that the Umana Umana was declared the winner. We can’t accept such result”.
Another correspondent, a State Executive member of the APC, who did not wish to be named in this report, citing that he was not in the right position to speak on the matter, said that the entire exercise was faulty. He questioned the option A4 used by the committee in the exercise saying that it was not part of the party’s guide lines for the said primaries.
“the entire exercise was faulty. Right from the accreditation stage, we tried to explain to the committee why they should do proper accreditation but they wouldn’t listen. Many people were there causing confusion but the committee, instead of screening the delegates, looked the other way.
At the end of the day, the committee used option A4. Come to think of it, any electoral process is guided by guidelines. The question is was the option A4 part of the guideline for the primaries?”
Meanwhile, information reaching our news desk has that the former Minister of the FCT, and 2015 governorship aspirant of the APC, Sen. John Udoedeghe has vowed to challenge the decision of his party’s governorship primaries committee to declare Obong Umana Okon Umana winner of the primaries.
Efforts to reach the Uyo- born political warlord for comments proved abortive. But sources close to Afaha offot villa confirmed that Sen Udoedghe has concluded plans to approach the 2014 Governorship Appeal Panel for redress.