Party primaries may have been “won” and “lost” in all the states but their conduct has not inspired hope of a free, fair and non-violent general elections come 2019.
News from the six geo-political zones is similar, with several issues and complaints of poor organisation, lack of transparency, lack of internal democracy, dictatorship and downright falsification of results – rigging. Those who felt marginalised, let down or short-changed are crying foul, and are spitting fire. Some of them have accepted the results, while others have headed for the courts.
The major political parties, namely the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), People’s Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance have not lived up to expectation, an indication that we are still not where we are supposed to be. Our politics is still fraught with lack of honesty, patriotism and a sense of respect and for democratic principles and values.
What occurred in Imo States and Zamfara state are probably the most pathetic. The primaries produced so much anger and revulsion, among the candidates and their supporters. It is even being said that APC may not be able to field a candidate for Governor in Imo and Zamfara.
The APC in Imo is a tale of woes with about two primaries producing different result. The first one headed by Alhaji Gulak produced Senator Hope Uzo dinma, another supervised by Rtd. Brig Gen Ibrahim Agbagbiaka and midwifed by Governor Okorocha returned his son-in-law and heir apparent Uche Nwosu as the choice candidate for APC. It was believed that the party chairman Adams Oshiomhole cancelled the first, a decision many party stakeholders disagreed.
Uzodinma has now taken the party and its national chairman Adams Oshiomhole to court. Indications are that the court case will decide the person to be fielded as candidate.
Eze Madumere another APC aspirant has also described the primaries that produced Nwosu as “morally unacceptable”.
At the moment INEC has two results from Imo APC, and no one knows which of the results will go through since both were conducted by officials sent from the party headquarters in Abuja. Analysts believe the party will come up with a harmonised list to be submitted before the INEC deadline.
In Imo, where Senator Ararume one of the aspirants is said to have emerged as the winner for APGA Guber ticket, supports are disappointed.
One of the aspirants, business man and transporter Frank Nneji clearly expressed his disappointment. Nneji in a statement described as unsavoury the manner the party chose its candidate. He said the party coronted Senator Ifeanyi Ararume behind their back According to him, Imo APGA failed to hold its primaries on two occasions only for the other aspirants to “hear” that at about 10:00 pm on October 7th that a primary had been held at a location and that a candidate had emerged.
Things seemed a lot better in the Imo PDP whom political watchdogs said may have learnt their lesson from their past, except that an aggrieved party has also gone to court. Senator Samuel Anyanwu,popularly known as Samdaddy has gone to court to challenge the primaries even after congratulating the winner Senator Emeka Ihedioha. Iheadioha polled 1723 votes against Samdaddy’s 1282 votes at the PDP primaries held October 1st
Other aspirants were Prof Jude Njoku, Senator Attan Achonu and Barr Chukwuma Ekomaru.