Abia guber: I won’t step down for Alex Otti –Regan Ufomba

Reagan Ufomba
Alex Otti

The governorship candidate of a faction of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State, Chief Regan Ufomba, has said he is the authentic governorship candidate of the party in the state and as such, he would not step down for anybody.

Addressing journalists, from a prepared script by the director general of his Campaign Organisation, Prof Mike Nwaubani, at his country home, Ntigha in Isiala North Local Government Area, Ufomba said he was the valid governorship candidate of APGA in Abia, stressing that Dr. Alex Otti’s nominator, Chief Victor Umeh, lacked the constitutional and legal powers to do so.

“It is on record, including that of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the nominator of Dr. Alex Otti, Chief Victor Umeh, lacked both the constitutional and legal powers to do so since he served out his final term in office on December 1, 2014,” he said.

Ufomba, who was APGA governorship candidate in 2011, said with Chief Umeh’s tenure as national chairman having elapsed and which was affirmed by an Abuja High Court, Chief Chris Ejike Uche, deputy national chairman (South), in line with the constitution of the party took over as acting national chairman.
He said it was when Umeh was sacked by a court of competent jurisdiction and in order to meet INEC’s timetable, which stipulated that all parties must conduct their primaries and resolve all disputes on or before December 11, 2014, that Chief Uche conducted APGA primaries, where he (Ufomba) emerged as Abia gubernatorial candidate.

Ufomba stated that although Umeh vacated the court order on December, 12, 2014,  APGA under Uche had concluded primaries by then and the names of winners, including his, sent to INEC.

According to him, “On December 9, 2014, the National Working Committee of APGA met and further passed a vote of confidence on Chief Chris Ejike Uche and ratified the governorship primaries in Abia, wherein Chief Regan Ufomba scored 515 votes and Dr. Alex Otti 47.

“On December 10, 2014, Chief Regan Ufomba was validly nominated by the party. This nomination was duly acknowledged by INEC on December 24, 2014.”

Ufomba said from the foregoing, he was the person duly nominated by APGA in the state to carry its flag in the February 28 governorship election and that any other person parading himself as such, was an impersonator.

He warned Otti to stop parading himself as the governorship candidate of APGA in Abia State, and advised him to go to court to prove the validity of his membership and nomination.

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