One of the aspirants in the Enugu APC guber contest, Barr. George Ogara has claimed that he won the state APC guber primaries conducted on Thursday, October 4th, going by results collated from the 260 wards in the state, instead of Senator Ayogu Eze whom the primary electoral committee led by Profesor Momoh announced as the winner.
Briefing news men in Enugu yesterday, Barr. George Ogara disclosed that the results which produced him as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Enugu state, as well as that of Senator Ayogu Eze were submitted to the National Secretariat of the party. That both of them are waiting for the final decision of the party’s National Leadership.
The Professor Moses Mommoh led committee on Friday, October 5th, at Nike lake hotel announced Senator Ayogu Eze to have emerged as the winner of Enugu guber primaries with a total vote of 23,967 votes, against 9,821 scored by Ifeanyi Nwoga to come second. While Akulue Augustine pulled 1,181 to place third with Ben Eche scoring 820 votes and George Ogara with 293 votes.
But Ogara who accused the committee of bias stated, ‘I am a product of the direct primaries conducted during Enugu APC party Guber primaries, having pulled a total of 57,675 votes as against 38,449 votes scored by Ifeanyi Nwoga and 12,816 votes for Engr Ben Eche.Whereas Akulue Augustine pulled 11,536 votes and Senator Ayogu Eze had 7,690 votes’.
‘After the collation of the results up to state level on Thursday, Professor Mommoh absconded to a hotel room at Nike lake, where he wrote the results in favour of Senator Ayogu Eze, who was eventually declared winner on Friday, October 5th, after I had already been declared winner on Thursday, based on results from the direct primaries. We complained to the National Working Committee, NWC, of our party that Prof Mommoh absconded and we forwarded the result to them’.
Barrister Ogara who disclosed that he has bought and labelled over 20 buses for his governorship campaigns expressed optimism that the decision of the National Working Committee, NWC, would be in his favour, but if not he will challenge the decision up to the Supreme Court. He described Senator Ayogu Eze as very new to the party but is zealous to come through the back door to reap the fruits of their labour.
His words, ‘I am very confident that the National Working Committee, NWC, in their wisdom will consider me as the authentic Governorship candidate of APC in Enugu state. We observed and followed all the rules for the conduct of the direct primaries except for the fact that Prof Mommoh led committee already has their bias for Senator Ayogu Eze. For whatever reason, if they concede the ticket to Senator Ayogu Eze, I will go to court to challenge the NWC decision up to the Supreme Court’.
Some of us have laboured for the APC since 2015, mobilising and handling their cases in the courts of law, I don’t see any reason why somebody will come from the back door to grab the ticket unconvincingly’, Ogara stressed.
He alleged that himself and most of his supporters suffered a lot of humiliation as he was beaten up at UNEC Stadium before they were able to lodge serious complaints to NWC which led to the cancellation of indirect primaries the state APC guber primaries on September 30th.
He described the invitation by the Enugu state Police commissioner for Police, Danmallam Mohammed to appear at the station today, October 10th, over allegations of assault, malicious damage etc, as another act of intimidation on him, stating he has formally consulted his lawyers.