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Imo Guber: Mbamara Steps Down For Ohakim



A front line gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), in Imo State, Capt David Mbamara (rtd) yesterday announced his withdrawal from the race, to support immediate past Governor, Dr Ikedi Ohakim’s for a second term bid.

Mbamara, who is one of 27 gubernatorial aspirants under the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) made the disclosre is a press conference Thursday in Owerri.

According to the retired military Intelligence Officer, Ohakim is constitutionally allowed only four years as Governor, adding that it is better to support him to complete the tenure of Okigwe zone, and then provide Owerri zone fresh eight years in the saddle.

Mbamara said “I believe that out of the 27 aspirants of APGA, only one person will fly the party’s flag. I also know Dr Ikedi can do only four years. Hence, I hereby announce that am stepping down for him. I urge all my supporters and structure to rally round him”, he said.

Further he said ” I call on the other aspirants from Owerri zone to reconsider and not stretch our political space in the interest of the State and people. And for equity sake, to assuage Okigwe zone and Dr Ohakim, I declare on behalf of the Divine Project campaign organization, total support for him”.

According to Mbamara, he did purchase nomination forms of APGA but decided to support the request by the party for a consensus candidate.

The Ikeduru born politician disclosed that APGA had a meeting of all aspirants wherein the party appealed for a consensus candidate, to avoid infighting within the party adding that an Ohakim ticket will restore the charter of equity before Governor Rochas Okorocha’s emergence.

“I was part of the meeting that rooted for a consensus candidate and yes, I voted in support. I am here to do as I advocated, am withdrawing for Dr Ohakim”, the retired military Captain said.

Meanwhile, another aspirant, Engr Augustine Okere from Ngor Okpala local government has also announced his withdrawal from the race in support for Dr Ohakim.