The All Progressive Congress, APC, Abia State chapter has berated Mr. Paul Ikonne, the Executive Secretary of (NALDA) over his anti-party comment.
Abacityblog.com reports that Ikonne had during a live Radio program on Magic FM Aba, earlier today alleged his party, the APC did not have any candidate for the coming Saturday Aba North and South bye-election.
Ikonne also said the primary election for Aba North/South was not properly conducted, according to him, the party National leadership did not allow all aspirants to purchase forms, hence the conclusion that the party have no candidate.
Reacting to Ikonne’s comment, APC in a statement signed by its state publicity secretary, Comrade Benedict Godson, described Ikonne’s statement as shocking and unfounded.
“We’re shocked that Paul Ikonne who claims he’s a leader of the APC is accusing the party National leadership of not allowing all aspirants to purchase forms.
“This is shocking and outrageous. We want to put the records straight that the national body of our party never denied any aspirant the opportunity to buy forms.
“Again, the primary was properly conducted by the committee sent by the national body. The APC Chairmen in Aba North, Comr. Uche Moses and Chijioke wogu, Aba South LGAs witnessed it.
“The LGA leaders witnessed it, State Executive members the Zonal Chairman of APC in Abia South was there and our state Chairman was there and everything was properly done.
“One of the aspirants who later became our candidate, Hon. Mascot Uzor-Kalu won massively in a free and fair primary election. We are not aware of any court case. So, we’re surprised to hear that.
The party however, said Mr. Paul’s comment won’t deter their party and its candidate from wining the election; “that will not stop anything because our candidate is marching forward to win this election and there’s no going back on that.
“Paul Ikonne is not the spokesperson of APC and shouldn’t speak for the party. We advice him to concentrate on his appointment and serve in the position he was appointed to serve.
“We’re surprised that someone who was not on ground through out the primary will come back two days to the election to speak for the party. Let people disregard him because he doesn’t know what he’s saying.