National Politics

Okigwe Bye Election Uzodinma Under Pressure To Dump Ibezim

Ahead of Okigwe bye-election slated for Dec. 5, Senator Hope Uzodinma appears to be under pressure to withdraw his support for Frank Ibezim.

This follows the declaration of Senator Araraume as the winner of the APC primaries for Okigwe bye-election.

A source from the Government House hinted Lead that stakeholders in APC particularly those at the national are pressuring Uzodinma to bury his support for Ibezim having lost the candidature at the court.

Araraume had after the controversial APC primaries for Okigwe zone bye-election, which Ibezim was chosen by the party, proceeded to federal High Court in Owerri, where he prayed amongst others for the court to declare him the actual winner of the said election.

After hearing the suit, the Federal High court last week declared Araraume the actual winner of the APC primaries and ordered INEC to immediately substitute him with Ibezim which INEC complied with.

Although the embattled Ibezim has appealed the judgment of the lower court which its hearing would commence anytime soon, stakeholders in APC appear to view the continued battle of APC against APC over a particular outcome of the primaries as baseless which if not abated may cost APC the expected victory in the general election.

Meanwhile, the national leadership of the party as gathered by this paper is making effort to bring Uzodinma to support the ambition of Araraume who according to them is more marketable for the election than Ibezim who they said is a green horn.

Our source gathered that last week, Uzodinma and Araraume met in Abuja amid some leaders of the party for the planned reconciliation of the duo ahead of December 5 general election.

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