Charles Onyekwere, Abakaliki
Candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just conducted 2019 general elections have called on the national leadership of the party to probe the Ebonyi state governorship candidate of the party, Senator Sonni Ogbuoji over alleged diversion of campaign funds and for anti-party activities.
Mazi Ogbonnia Onu, a House of Representatives candidate for Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo Federal Constituency who spoke on behalf of others, described Senator Ogbuoji as the “killer of APC” in Ebonyi due to his alleged nonchalant attitude and failure to mobilize members of the party for the elections in the state.
According to him, the diversion of funds made it difficult for the mobilization of APC members in the state that caused the cataclysmic defeat of the party in the state.
They alleged that the failure of APC in the state during the presidential and other elections was because Ogbuoji never mobilized or campaigned sufficiently for votes as he abandoned his campaign and supporters before the elections.
The aggrieved candidates noted that the senator only stayed in Abuja and appeared around 6:30pm on the eve of the governorship election, claiming that the Presidency had directed INEC to declare him winner.
Onu accused Ogbuoji for substituting validly elected candidates with his cronies who later defected to the PDP on the eve of the governorship election which indicated his romance with the PDP in the state.
“During the primaries, Ogbuoji was not a popular candidate for the governorship seat, but he circumvented the process which caused infractions between party leaders and other aspirants. Ogbuoji also shortchanged all popular candidates that won their primaries in the state.
“Most worrisome is the fact that some of his cronies that he used to replace the validly elected candidates of the party decamped to the PDP on the eve of the governorship election. This posits that Ogbuoji is a mole in our great party, the APC,” he added.