Anambra PDP Primary: Aggrieved Aspirants Petition NWC
Some aggrieved aspirants in the last Anambra governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have petitioned the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party over alleged irregularities that characterized the exercise.
The exercise produced Oseloka Obaze as the party’s candidate in the November 18 Anambra poll.
Four of the candidates : Stella Oduah, Alex Obiogbolu, Emeka John and Ifeanyi Uba, have all complained about alleged irregularities that the election panel overlooked.
In the petition, the candidates claimed that election was a charade as the panel empowered to conduct the election in conjunction with the state executive, had a predetermined candidate.
Six aspirants participated in the primary conducted at Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre in Awka, the state capital on August 27.
The exercise, which was widely condemned by party chieftains and observers, was supervised by Governors David Umahi of Ebonyi State and Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State.
A total of 958 delegates took part in the one-day exercise and at the end Obaze, a former Secretary to the State Government, emerged victorious with 672 votes while. Obiogbolu came a distant second with 190 votes.
There was a mild drama after counting of the votes as Ubah took the microphone and protested the result, claiming the election was marred by irregularities.
But Umahi interrupted him and asked him to wait for declaration of results to make his protest.
After the declaration of the results, Mr. Ubah said the delegates list was only given to them two days to the election unlike other parties that got their list four weeks before the primaries.