Lauretta Onochie, the former social media aide to former president Muhammadu Buhari, called the recently concluded Edo State governorship primary election held by the All Progressives Congress (APC) a disgrace to the party.

Onochie lamented that a few corrupt persons had taken over the APC and were now dictating who leads the organisation.

Three candidates were selected in the primary election to choose the APC’s nominee for governor in the upcoming election.

Dennis Idahosa was proclaimed the primary election winner by the Chairman of the committee, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State. At the same time, Senator Monday Okpebholo was designated the APC candidate by Returning Officer Stanley Ugboaja.

On Sunday, the situation worsened as Anamero Dekeri emerged victorious in the governorship primary held on Saturday.

According to one Ojo Babatunde, who claimed to speak for all local government return officials, Dekeri received 25,384 votes to win the race.

However, posting on X, Onochie wrote: “APC must be different. I am so ashamed, embarrassed and scandalised by the disgraceful conduct of our APC in the Edo State Primary, where four Candidates have now emerged.

“We are Progressives, for heaven’s sake! This is what happens when a few unwholesome men hijack a political party and dictate who should run, taking that role from the people.

“Why is APC bent on keeping the South South a PDP territory? Each time we have an opportunity to field a winning candidate, PDP agents in APC ensure that APC fields an inferior candidate who does not stand a chance of winning the PDP candidate. It happened in Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom.

“@OfficialAPCNg must recover our party from traders and work with core progressives in the region to give Nigerians in general and South South in particular, a decent alternative to the messed up PDP.

“At the moment, I look at the two political parties and APC is looking more like PDP than a Progressive political party.

“In conclusion, I believe that the current situation where women are excluded from leadership in APC, does the party no good. A situation where the National woman leader and state woman leaders are nominated by men, ensures that women are not adequately represented in the party. You can’t clap with one hand.”

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