2019: Confusion As Action Alliance Produces 2 Chairmen, 2 Imo Guber Candidates
There is palpable confusion in the camp of Action Alliance [AA] as the party has produced two candidates for the 2019 Imo State governorship election.
The two candidates are Sir Leonard Okolienta and the son-in-law to Governor Rochas Okorocha, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu.
Sir Okolienta parades the party’s Certificate of return while Uche Nwosu claims he has been adopted by the party.
Reacting to the apparent confusion pummeling the party, the party’s national Chairman, Barrister Udeze Kenneth moved to clear the air over the governorship candidature of Ugwumba Uche Nwosu.
He said: “Ugwumba Uche Nwosu’s nomination as the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance met all laws and processes known to the Nigerian Constitution, Electoral Act and the Constitution of our great Party.
“His candidature on our Party’s platform is not in any form of dispute and the Party shall support him to win the governorship election in 2019.”
Udeze, who was elected the national Chairman of the Action Alliance in April 2017, clarified that his position as the national Chairman of the Party is not in dispute and that any other person laying claim to that is an impostor who must not be taken seriously by the public.
He explained that Ugwumba Uche Nwosu is like a good tree that bears good fruits, hence, the stones.
“We understand that Ugwumba Uche Nwosu has a most formidable support structure across the State which intimidates his opponents so much that they feel that the best way to stop him from winning the election is by making efforts to stop him from being on the ballot.”
The legal PR actioner turned politician advised those opposed to Ugwumba Uche Nwosu’s governorship ambition to stop acting like defeated weaklings and get more involved with strategies to get the people on their side.
“I think there is a limit to blackmail and even propaganda in politics.
“Our great Party is already mobilizing voters to ensure total victory for us in the coming elections and we will not be distracted by some political contractors seeking attention by all means,” he concluded.
On the other hand, however, the Certificate of Return dated October 2018 in the name of Sir Leonard Okolienta shows that he is the valid candidate of Action Alliance and not Rochas Okorocha’s son-in-law as being claimed.
See the attached copy of the Certificate of Return signed by the same Barrister Udeze Kenneth below:
On the other hand, another National Chairman of Action Alliance party, Dr Tunde Anifowose-Kelani had rejected Uche Nwosu, as gubernatorial candidate of the party in Imo State.
Dr Anifowose-Kelani disclosed this in a statement signed and made available to journalists in Abuja on Thursday.
He maintained that Nwosu is yet to become a registered member of the party, and therefore, cannot be recognized as the party’s standard-bearer Imo State in the forthcoming general elections.
According to him, “Uche Nwosu is not yet a member of our party and cannot come through the back door to be a gubernatorial candidate of the party in Imo state.”
The AA National Chairman further said that the party has rules and regulations guiding its operation.
He added that in order to become a registered member there are due process such person must follow.