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More Crisis as Andy Uba asks APC to annul Nwoye‘s election

There is anxiety in the All Progres­sives Congress (APC) and the camp on the party’s governor­ship candidate for the November 18 Anambra State election, Hon.Tony Nwoye.

This followed the peti­tion of one the aspirants, Senator Andy Uba, who alleged irregularities in the August 26 party pri­mary in Awka.

Uba, in his petition to the Hassan Lawal-led APC Guber Primary Election Appeal Panel in Abuja, claimed that Nwoye, a former na­tional chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), conscripted thugs and NANS mem­bers, who were forceful­ly accredited to vote for him at the primary.

He also alleged that there was fragrant swap­ping of delegates, add­ing that Nwoye and his group paid the real del­egates between N20, 000 to N50,000 for them to relinquish their tags to his conscripted thugs and NANS members.

According to Uba, some members of the Anambra State Execu­tive Committee of the APC were approached by the Nwoye group.

Uba therefore urged the Appeal Panel to de­clare him the winner of the primary, claiming that he pulled the high­est number of legitimate votes in the exercise.

But, Nwoye, who ap­peared before the com­mittee yesterday with a team of his supporters denied ever using thugs or NANS’ members for the election.

He lamented that all his efforts to reach out to Senator Uba since his emergence at the APC’s candidate for dialogue and reconciliation was rebuffed, adding that Uba did not only reject his several telephone calls to him but also re­fused to open his gate when he visited his country home.

“I came here with all the wards and Lo­cal Government party chairmen and secretar­ies from Anambra State in solidarity with me for my appearance before the Appeal Panel. I can describe my appearance before the Appeal Panel as a family meeting.

“They asked me if it is true that members of NANS were deployed to disrupt the primary and beat up the delegates. But I told them it was not true because no sin­gle member of NANS, former or current stu­dents was part of the primary election.

Explaining the po­sition of the National Working Committee (NWC) on the Anam­bra governorship poll, APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bo­laji Abdullahi, said that the panel’s report would be the final determinant.

Earlier, the state chair­man of APC, Emeka Igwe, who also appeared before the panel, warned that any attempt by the APC NWC to annul the result of the Anambra primary will spell doom for the party in the No­vember 18 election


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