Adibe Emenyonu in Makurdi
Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied allegations that it planned to doctor the list of delegates that would participate in the party primaries billed to select candidate that will represent it in this year governorship election.
It said it was difficult for anybody to alter the delegate list even though the party constitution provided ways for changing any executive member.
The denial was in response to the furore raised by some aspirants that the leadership of the party in the state party led by Anselm Ojezua, planned to alter the party’s delegates’ list.
State Publicity Secretary of the party, Godwin Erhahon, who stated this at a press briefing said a vote of confidence was passed on Ojezua, after the party executive discovered that the alarm raised by the aspirants was false. Erhahon said they were convinced by the explanation of the party chairman that no fresh attempt was made to alter the list.
He stated that all state officials of the party were barred from participating in the political activities of any governorship aspirant so that no aspirant would blame the party executive for failures at the primaries.
According to him, “We have resolved as part of our preparation to set up machineries for holding primaries reconciliation for all the aspirants. We believed we have this division among us because of the aspirants; once a candidate emerges, he becomes candidate for all the party.”
“There was no such attempt to alter the delegate list. The National Chairman that received the petition is yet to respond and the aspirants went on air without waiting for investigation. They were overreaching selves.”
Ojezua who expressed disappointment at the action of some aspirants said the party need a united front to fight its opponent.
He said old aspirants in the party should have clarified issues with him instead of demonising his name.