LP begins screening of Ogunewe, Agbaso, Achonu, nine other Imo gov aspirants

The Labour Party (LP’s) screening panel will between Friday and Saturday begin the screening of the 12 governorship aspirants seeking to get the ticket of the party ahead of the November 11 governorship election in Imo State.

The exercise which will take place at the party’s national office in Abuja will see the 12 governorship aspirants present their documents for authentication by the screening panel.

Only the aspirants cleared by the panel will be allowed to take part in the April 15 governorship primary which will take place at the Kanu Nwankwo Sports stadium in Owerri, the state capital.

A source in the party who confided in our correspondent said that both the party and the aspirants are taking the screening exercise seriously.

The source said : the party is very serious with the screening exercise. As a party with the message of a new Nigeria, we don’t want to adopt the old order used by the other political parties. That is why we are very committed to this screening exercise. Only those with unblemished records would be cleared to take part in the primary election.

“That is why we have set aside two days for the exercise. The panel is made up of men of impeccable characters who are committed to giving our party the best. Imo is a strong state and that is why we are committed to doing our best so that whoever that emerges the governorship candidate will have massive support from the people ahead of the General election.”

The 12 governorship aspirants are a retired Major General, Jack Ogunewe; a former senator cum multiple businessman, Athan Achonu; the 2007 governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Martin Agbaso; the 2019 governorship candidate of LP in the state, Joseph Ukaegbu; international businessman, Tochi Ehirim; and a lawyer cum former state government appointee, Ike Ibe.

Others are a former speaker of the State House of Assembly, Kelechi Nwagwu; strong businessman, Basil Maduka, an engineer, Chinedu Amadi; a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, Charles Agomuo; a retired Army captain, David Mbamara, and a United States trained lawyer and former APGA senatorial candidate, Charles Onyirimba.

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