Nonsochukwu Uwa, Owerri
The twenty-seven local government chairmen of the Labour Party, LP, in Imo State, have pledged their full support to the governorship candidate of the party, Senator Athan Achonu, to sack incumbent Governor Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress, APC, come November 2023 governorship election.
They made this known to newsmen on Sunday after their meeting at their party secretariat in Owerri.
Speaking, the LP, Chairman of Ohaji/Egbema council area, and the coordinator of the 27 Imo LP chairmen, Oshimmiri Chjioke, said that Imo people have been waiting for the Labour Party to give them a government that has a human face.
According to Chijioke, “the Chairmen and both the ward chairmen came and after deliberating and congratulating each other, we are of the stand that Senator Athan Achonu, remains the authentic and unchangeable Imo governorship candidate of Labour Party.
“Our governorship primary was successful. No rancour, no problem from the beginning to the end. All thirteen aspirants were present. After that primary they congratulated Athan.”
“Labour Party is saying this struggle is not only Athan’s, as a person but Imo people want Athan as their next governor; they want a new government with a human face and human feelings. With Athan, Imo people have seen the change and will make the change. The new face of government will be that of the Labour Party.
“Labour Party is ready to take over Imo government house. We are just waiting for November 11, 2023, to go into the government house, just like everybody is looking and waiting for the Labour Party and we can’t disappoint Imo people,” he said.
Meanwhile, it looks like the last word has not been heard concerning the Labour Party gubernatorial primaries in Imo State, which produced three different “candidates” with each of them claiming to hold the authentic ticket of the party.
Both Basil Maduka and Ikechukwu Ukaegbu emerged from two parallel primaries of the Labour Party, which held in two different locations in Owerri.
Even so, Major General Lincoln Ogunewe (Rtd.) who came second in the primary that produced Achonu, had alleged irregularities, which allowed non-delegates to vote in the primary.
He said the “Abia State Governor-Elect, Alex Otti made an honest mistake” in declaring Achonu the winner of the LP gubernatorial primary election.