APC Convention: Okorocha’s revenge as Izunaso loses to Ibediro
[6/24, 10:36 PM] nasirdambatta: Governor Rochas Okorocha got his revenge on Sunday in the political war with his deputy, Eze Madumere, when Chief Emma Ibediro, Okorocha’s candidate for the All Progressives Congress National Organising Secretary position defeated incumbent Sen. Osita Izunaso.
Izunaso was the candidate of Madumere.
Ibediro got a total vote of 1,770 to defeat Izunaso who got 1,459 votes.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that APC South-East stakeholders had earlier endorsed Izunaso and two other national officers of the party for re-election.
The stakeholders had also been in a running battle with Gov. Okorocha whom they accused of high handedness and mismanagement of the state’s resources.
The supremacy contest between factional delegates from Imo state was part of the reasons for delay in concluding the APC national convention on Saturday, with 20 candidates, including the Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole returned unopposed.
Ibediro refused to step down too despite pleas by party leaders, especially those from Southeast, for both factions to reach an amicable settlement.
Both factions had since Saturday, when the convention kicked-off, embarked on a free-for-all-fight on who is the recognised faction in Imo state.
The delegates from Imo were barred from participating in the voting process by the chairman of the National Convention Committee, Governor Muhammadu Badaru because of the parallel executives that followed the state’s recent parallel congresses.
Supporters of Okorocha on Saturday, had chased away state executive loyal to Izunaso at the state pavilion, after which the state executive produced by the congress organised by Okorocha’s faction took over the pavilion.
Unlike Izunaso who failed to be re-elected, other South East candidates sailed through.
Chief George Moghalu, the party’s current National Auditor got over 2,000 votes to retain his position while Emma Enukwu also from the South-East, got re-elected.