Ebonyi State All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Assembly candidates in the just concluded elections at the weekend urged the party’s national leadership to investigate the role of some its leaders during the polls.
They also sought sanctions for party officials and federal appointees from the state, who did little or nothing to ensure that APC triumphed at the election.
They alleged that although the elections were characterised by wide spread rigging ochestrated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led state government to retain power, most federal appointees from the state little or nothing towards APC’s success.
Speaking at a media briefing in Enugu, Jude Okpor of (Ezza North East), Ngozichi Okorie (Ohaozara East), Jonathan Ebe (Ishielu North), Obinna Udenwe (Abakaliki South) and Emeka Nwoko (Ezza North West) state constituencies, argued that they contested against a desperate incumbent administration that promised to crush any opposition element that stood on its way.
They also insisted that internal sabotage by APC party leaders within and outside the state worked against their chances of victory.
“It is public knowledge that APC National Leader, who is from the South West, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu along with cabinet members and other party leaders played major roles that led to APC’s successes in their zone.
“In the South South, Rotimi Amaechi’s impact cannot be over-stretched. Similarly, Lai Mohammed led the liberation of Kwara State in the North Central. We are constrained to ask, where was our leader Ogbonnaya Onu throughout the struggle to liberate Ebonyi during the election?
“We also learnt that some fifth columnists within and outside our party are doing everything possible to smear the image of our gubernatorial candidate, Sonni Ogbuoji, with the intention of causing disaffection, disunity and crisis among party faithful and Ebonyi people to pave way for Dave Umahi’s defection to APC. We condemn this in the strongest terms.”
They expressed confidence in Ogbuoji over the way he propelled the party towards the elections.
“Ogbuoji flew APC’s gubernatorial flag in Ebonyi State on the March 9, 2019 election and singlehandedly funded most party activities all through the pre-election and election phases.
“The campaign team toured round the 13 local government areas of the state where Ogbuoji campaigned vigorously for votes from Ebonyi electorates,” they said.
The candidates also alleged that they uncovered plans by PDP to protest against Ogbuoji, APC candidates, state Chairman, Eze Nwachukwu Eze and its Working Committee to cause disaffection within APC and ensure the governor’s planned defection to the party, insisting that massive irregularities characterised the elections in Ebonyi.