The All Progressives Congress, APC, Ebonyi State on Friday celebrated the alleged inclusion of the name of the Speaker, Francis Nwifuru as the authentic governorship candidate of the party in the state.
Recall that the governor of the state, David Umahi had three months ago, during the burial of the father of one of his cabinet members in Okposi, Ohaozara LGA, anointed Nwifuru as his successor.
DAILY POST reports authoritatively that Nwifuru’s anointing as Umahi’s successor generated controversy and resulted in the conduct of a parallel governorship primary election in APC which produced; Francis Nwifuru and Elias Mbam as candidates.
Investigation revealed that since after the governorship Primary election in the state, there has been a serious battle between supporters of the two candidates, especially about whose name would be recognized by INEC as the authentic guber candidate of APC in Ebonyi State.
Briefing Journalists in Abakaliki during the conduct of the APC Local Government Chairmanship Congress, the chairman of the party, Stanley Okoro Emegha said the party is currently happy with the name of the speaker Francis Nwifuru being recognized by INEC as the authentic governorship candidate of the party.
He said, “the man that will start from where the governor David Umahi stops has emerged as a candidate of APC and he is Mr Francis Nwifuru, the Speaker of Ebonyi state house of Assembly, EBSHA.
“You have now noticed that the independent National electoral commission, INEC, has finally uploaded and published the name of Nwifuru as the authentic APC governorship candidate in Ebonyi state. It is good news for us” he stated
He noted that about 39 Chairmanship aspirants participated in the ongoing APC chairmanship Congress which took place in the 13 LGAs of the state.