OrderPaperToday – Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has disowned the membership of the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district, Hope Uzodinma.
Senator Uzodinma who was previously in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) started attending APC meetings without formally declaring his defection.
The State Chairman of the party, Mr. Daniel Nwafor, in a press conference at the party’s secretariat in Owerri on Monday noted that the Senator now runs a parallel APC office in the state and has not registered with the party both at his Ward and Local Government and is also not known by the State Executive Committee of the party.
The party leadership also warned the senator not to use the names of President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomole for selfish pursuits, noting the party has just one authentic Executive that has been authenticated by various Court judgments.
Nwafor said: “In the last few days our party has been inundated with calls over the activities of some persons who are posing as members of the APC. Our party is particularly disturbed that this group of people whose nefarious activities as spearheaded by a Senator from this state, Senator Hope Uzodinma.
“Senator Uzodinma has been misleading the public about certain issues concerning our party. Sunday, our attention was drawn to a kangaroo meeting that was supposedly held by a faction of this party led by Senator Hope Uzodinma. We want to put it on record that Senator Uzodinma is not a member of the APC; his Omuma Ward Chairman has not informed the party that Senator Uzodinma has joined the party.
“Also Senator Uzodinma has not declared on the floor of the Senate that he has joined the APC. The Imo State Executive of our party is not aware that he is a member of this party. There has been a lot of statements credited to him inferring that the President Muhammadu Buhari and our Nation Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomole have empowered him to determine delegates and aspirants, as well as run this party.
“We want to inform the National Executive Committee of our party that to the best of our knowledge, Senator Hope Uzodinma is not a member of APC. If there are waivers for him, we have not been communicated formally.”
Nwafor continued: “before anyone in the Presidency or National Headquarters of our party, deals with Senator Hope Uzodinma, it is pertinent that the person as the question, who is Senator Hope Uzodinma, what are his antecedents. After you have determined these two important questions, who will now know how best to deal with him. APC as a party in this state has just one leader and that is Governor Rochas Okorocha and it is on record that when this party was tagged Boko Haram in this state, Governor Okorocha won elections with the party. There is also one state Chairman that has been affirmed by several Court judgments and that his Daniel Nwafor, my humble self”.
He also declared that the state chapter had adopted indirect primaries for selecting the party’s candidates.