Confusion as PDP produces two governorship candidates in Anambra

By AdvocateNews on 27/06/2021

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Valentine Ozigbo and Senator Ugochukwu Uba
Valentine Ozigbo and Senator Ugochukwu Uba

There was confusion yesterday as two factions of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) produced two governorship candidates in Anambra after conducting parallel primaries.

Mr Valentine Ozigbo, former CEO Transcorp PLC emerged winner in one of the primaries, while Senator Ugochukwu Uba, emerged the candidate in the other.

Mr Philip Shuaibu, Deputy Governor of Edo State and Head of the Electoral Panel announced Ozigbo’s victory at the Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre, Awka on Saturday.

He said Ozigbo polled 62 votes and was closely trailed by Dr Obiora Okonkwo who garnered 58 votes.

Mrs Uche Ekwunife, representing Anambra Central in the Senate was third with 44 votes.

Dr Winston Udeh got 12 votes to come fourth in the contest while Mr Chris Azubogu representing Nnewi North/Nnewi South/Ekwusigo got 10 votes.

Other aspirants were Dr Godwin Maduka, five votes; Ms Genevieve Ekwochi three votes; Mrs Chidi Onyemelukwue two votes; Chief Walter Okeke, two votes and Dr Ifenna Okwenna one vote.

A total of 16 aspirants contested for the PDP ticket out of which 12 were present at the venue and three withdrew from the race.

Earlier, Sen. Ugochukwu Uba had emerged winner of the PDP primary organised by Chief Chukwudi Umeaba led faction of the party.

The Umeaba primary was held at the Paul University Complex, Awka.

The PDP in Anambra is divided between the Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu led State Executive Committee and Chukwudi Umeaba led acting Caretaker Committee, following a judgement of an Abuja High Court on June 9.

INEC had said that it would comply with the decision of the court by recognizing the Umeaba faction but the national leadership of the party announced dissolution of the two factions in the state few hours before Saturday primaries.

It opted for automatic delegates instead of the elected delegates, which the court ruling nullified. Less than 200 delegates participated in the parallel primaries by Nwobu faction while the Umeaba faction said it had over 600 delegates. 

Posted 27/06/2021 07:51:14 AM


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