The Labour Party (LP), Imo State has rejected the nomination of Mrs. Pauline Onyeka Ugochi as the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Imo State.
The rejection of Onyeka’s nomination was contained in a statement issued by the party in Owerri after its meeting held on Saturday, September 3, 2022.
Members of the State Working Committee (SWC), candidates of the party in the state, members of the National Working Committee (NWC) from Imo State and National Vice Chairman, South East attended the meeting.
The statement signed by the spokesman of the party, Aku Obidinma disclosed that the party was rejecting Onyeka’s nomination as REC because she is ‘politically exposed and encumbered’
The party also affirmed Senator Onyewuchi Ezenwa as its apex leader in Imo State and passed a vote of confidence on the NWC and SWC led by Julius Abure and Ambrose Onyekwere respectively.
Meanwhile, the 2019 governorship candidate of the party in the state, Chief Joseph Ukaegbu has declared that he remains the apex leader of the party in the state.
Ukaegbu said he is insisting on the position because he was the governorship candidate of the party and a major financier of the party in the state.
He maintained that nobody would usurp his position simply because he is a senator who has just defected to the party after losing nomination in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ukaegbu wondered why Senator Onyewuchi could not assume the apex leadership of the PDP after Hon. Emeka Ihedioha was ousted as governor of Imo State on January 14, 2020.
Recall that Mrs. Pauline Onyeka Ugochi is the Chairman of Imo State Independent Electoral Commission (ISIEC).
The ISIEC was billed to conduct local government polls in the state last year but failed to do so with Onyeka citing insecurity for the inability of the commission to conduct council polls.