By Collins Ughalaa
The former Secretary to the Government of Imo State and governorship aspirant under the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sir Jude Ejiogu, on Monday rejected the scheduled endorsement and mock primary election by Governor Okorocha, insisting on the normal primary election approved by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a press statement he signed personally, the former SGI maintained that since the APC constitution does not recognize such exercise for contestants in the party, it would amount to stupidity for him to be part of such charade.
A group known as the Imo APC Stakeholders had earlier rejected the planned mock primary election being organised by the Governor, describing it as illegal.
Recall that the Governor had organised mock primary elections for the contestants in the APC in 2015 without any opposition.
Sir Jude Ejiogu was in government then as the Chief of Staff to the Governor. But Okorocha’s planned mock primary election for all the contestants in the party for the 2019 general elections has met unprecedented opposition from aspirants in his party.
Sir Ejiogu said he would be ready to slug it out with any individual during the party approved primary election as released by INEC, and advised anyone organizing what he described as jamboree and illegality to desist.
He enjoined aggrieved members of the ruling party to remain law abiding, expressing optimism that most qualified and credible candidate would be unveiled for the party during the constitutionally recognized party primary before the end of 2018.
The erstwhile Chief of Staff to Imo State Government also appealed to members of the party not to loose grip in their efforts to ensure that APC continues to retain power in 2019.