Crisis is currently rocking the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra state following the controversial party primaries held to elect governorship candidates for the election scheduled to hold in November this year.
The PDP held two factional governorship primaries at different venues in Awka, with Mr. Valentine Ozigbo and Senator Ugochukwu Uba emerging candidates.
Ozigbo garnered 62 votes out of 200 valid votes cast in an election organised by the PDP national executive or faction loyal to dissolved Ndubuisi Nwobu using super delegates list. Senator Uba, elder brother to Chris Uba, garnered 275 votes to defeat other aspirants in his brother’s faction led by Chukwudi Umeaba.
The head of the electoral panel that conducted the election where Ozigbo emerged victorious, Philip Shaibu, deputy governor of Edo state, declared that other contestants to the poll, Dr Obiora Okonkwo scored 58 votes and Senator Uche Ekwunife 44 votes.
Others are Winston Udeh, 12 votes, Godwin Maduka, 5 votes, Chris Azugbogu, 10 votes, Lady Chidi Onyemelukwe, 2 votes, Walter Okeke, 2 votes, and Mrs Ekwochi Genevieve, one vote.
Blueprint reports that out of the 16 aspirants who obtained the PDP nomination and declaration of interest forms, 12 aspirants were present and participated in the voting process.
However, four aspirants including Mr Godwin Ezeemo were present at the venue of Chris Uba’s PDP faction.
Meanwhile, 11 governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC), including Chief George Moghalu, Chief Maxwell Okoye, Rev. Godwin Okonkwo, Chief Ben Etiaba, Chief Johnbosco Onunkwo and Chief Azuka Okwuosa have called for the cancellation of the party’s primary which was billed to hold Saturday.
While addressing newsmen on behalf of 11 others, Moghalu alleged that the primary poll never held, even as he described it as fraud and urged the electoral committee chaired by Ogun state Governor Dapo Abiodun, to cancel the process with immediate effect.
“I thank God; you journalists were in my hometown where you witnessed things for yourself. I have been there in Uruagu Ward 1 for the past two hours waiting to cast my vote, but I could not find any voting material here and other wards across Nnewi North/South council areas.
“I learnt that some people are writing the result somewhere, which did not conform with the free, fair and transparency the panel promised. The voting materials that are supposed to have been distributed to all the 326 wards in the state as early as 8am, according to the election committee guidelines, arrived at about 6:45pm this evening,” he stated.
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