The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been torn apart following the move by some of its members to annul the governorship primaries which produced Dr. Tony Nwoye as the party’s flag bearer for the November 18 gubernatorial poll in Anambra State.
New Telegraph learnt that the split in the NWC was as a result of its infiltration by some influential politicians who came armed with a bribe of N150 million to upturn Nwoye’s candidacy and hand over the governorship ticket to a prominent aspirant. There were insinuations at the party’s secretariat yesterday that a top ranking member of the NWC, who was part of the team that conducted the primary election in Awka, was championing the move to discredit the exercise for pecuniary reasons.
The group pushing for the annulment of Nwoye’s victory, New Telegraphlearnt, had earlier tried to persuade the Chairman of the Election Panel and Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, to do their bidding and impose the aspirant who lost the ticket on the party. Governor Shettima declined and opted for the conduct of a free and fair primary election.
“The chairman of the election panel politely told those who approached him that he could not be bought with any price and would, therefore, conduct a free election by providing a level-playing field for all the candidates to test their popularity,” a source, who was in the team that conducted the election last month, told New Telegraph last night. “In fact, when we arrived Awka for the primaries, all of us had expected that a prominent aspirant was going to sweep the polls because of his influence in politics. But when the results came out, he lost by a wide margin to Nwoye and we could not change the decision of the electorate for whatever reason,” the source said.
New Telegraph, September 14, 2017
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