The National Working Committee Chairman for Sebastine Okoh campaign group, Prince Innocent Obaseki has during the week debunked the rumour making wave in town that his principal who emerged the candidate for All Progressives Congress (APC) for the House of Representatives, Ika Federal Constituency in the just concluded party primaries has been shortchanged with his runner-up, Victor Odiase.
According to him, “our Principal, Sebastine Okoh remains the APC candidate for House of Representatives Ika Federal Constituency. The rumour making wave in town that he has been shortchanged with Victor Odiase is false and is been purported by the opposition party to misinform his teeming supporters. All that is said against Okoh that he is not cleared by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and that he has a case in court thereby making him not to be eligible are rumours and calculated attempt by the opposition party to deceive his followers”.
While recalling that Okoh won the APC House of Representatives primaries, Ika Federal Constituency with unprecedented number of votes, which was done in accordance with the party guidelines, hence was transparent, free and fair, he said their principal has no case with anybody in court, and his affidavit was sent to INEC as the party’s emerging candidate from the primary election. Prince Obaseki urged their supporters to disregard such false information, saying that Okoh remains the APC authentic choice to bring the dividends of democracy to the people of Ika land.
Inquiring from INEC in Agbor whether Okoh’s name was shortchange with Odiase, it was gathered that INEC officers do not have the power to do so, the officers explaining that what was sent to INEC from the various registered political parties were the affidavits of their emerging flag bearers from the concluded primaries, adding that the one for Mr. Okoh was not only sent by APC but published at the INEC notice board for verification.