Trouble is brewing in the two major political parties in the country, the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, and the All Progressives Congress APC, over their choices of candidates for the forthcoming Okigwe Senate bye-election.
In the ruling APC, the major crisis seems to be between Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, who is backed by the former govenror of Imo State Owelle Rochas Okorocha, and a newcomer Frank Ibezim, who is backed by the State Governor Hope Uzodinma and the junior Minister for Education, Hon Emeka Nwajiuba.
While one faction declared Ibezim winner of the party primaries, the other faction have subsequently declared Senator Ifeanyi Araraume as the winner of the parallel primaries held in Okigwe APC.
The two factions have submitted their results to the National Working Committee, and it seems likely that the matter may end up in court.
While nine aspirants have congratulated Ibezim over his victory, aspirants like Chidinma Uwajumogu and Athan Achonu, along with Senator Ifeanyi Araraume disagree with the result.
In the PDP, while Chief Emmanuel Okewulonu was declared winner of the primaries, the party’s 2019 Senatorial candidate Patrick Ndubueze insist that he did not participate in the primaries, stating that the matter was already in court.
In a swift reaction, the Imo State PDP insisted that Ndubueze participated in the primaries, and that the party was not aware of any lawsuit by him.
With APGA concluding their primaries producing Dr Charles Onyirimba, it seems APGA may capitalize on the disunity and crisis in both parties to spring a surprise in the coming election.