No fewer than 645 councillors elected under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State on Wednesday protested against the stalemate in announcing the governorship candidate of the party for the 2019 election.
The councillors said that the party’s silence was unnecessarily heating up the political tempo in the state and asked the party leadership to announce Ugwumba Uche Nwosu as the authentic APC flag bearer for the election.
The protesters, who blocked the Government House roundabout, caused motorists to take alternative routes in parts of the metropolis.
They urged the APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to announce the governorship candidate of the party in the state.
The demonstrators also expressed angst at the automatic tickets given to four aspirants from the state by the National Working Committee of the party and demanded that the result of the October 6 governorship primary which produced Uche Nwosu as the winner should be announced and consequently submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Speaking through the chairman, Imo State Councillors’ Forum, Godwin Nwankwo, the councillors said: “the uncertainty that has pervaded the governorship primary election is very unhealthy and unacceptable to us who are in charge of the rural people.”
Nwankwo vowed that any attempt to substitute Nwosu’s name would be stoutly rejected.