Over 5000 delegates are to participate in the party primary of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Anambra state, which has now been shifted to August 26, 2017.
The state chairman of the party, Mr. EmekaIbeh who announced this in a press briefing in Awka yesterday also said that the 12 aspirants who bought forms, were all cleared and are qualified to contest in the primary election.
Ibeh said that the primary, which was to hold on August 19, was shifted to August 26 to enable the party make adequate arrangements for the venues required to meet and accommodate the needs of the delegates.
According to him, three venues would be required for accreditation of delegates and voting proper but he said the party had some difficulty securing government owned accommodation though it is not making it a big issue.
He explained that the party wrote to the Anambra state government to release Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre but the government is yet to grant it the request.
For a successful primary, he said, the party would need to use Dr. Alex Ekwueme square, Dora Akunyilicentre and one other big venue.
Ibeh also used the occasion to throw some light on the perceived crisis rocking the state chapter of the party, saying that the so-called crisis was orchestrated by two members who were suspended from the party but who wanted to claim what they were not in the party.
He blamed the misunderstanding over the delegate list on the fact that some party members still paraded old delegate list used in 2014 after which some members left the party while others joined.
Above all, nobody hijacked the list as speculated.
As for allegations, that a certain aspirant has bought the leadership of the party at state and national level, Ibeh said the allegation arose from fear of the aspirant by his co-contestants.
He said: “Nobody bought anybody. Nobody gave anybody money.
“All that have been trending on social media about corruption in the party are false propagated by some people who are not comfortable with Dr. Andy Ubah. They have been spreading false rumour about him”, he said.
Asked if the party is working towards adopting a consensus candidate given the number of aspirants running, Ibeh said it is for the aspirants to decide.
However, even if the aspirants decided to step down for one person, there must be primary, he insisted.