Wednesday, 2 March 2016

PDP Fights tough, Gets Peter Obi out of Anambra Central rerun Election

The Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra state led
by Chief Chris Uba and Chief Ejike Oguebego, on
Wednesday said Chief Annie Okonkwo remained the
candidate of the party in the Anambra Cenral
senatorial rerun and not Chief Peter Obi.

The re-run was scheduled for this Saturday but the
Independent National Electoral Commission on
Tuesday postponed the senatorial rerun indefinitely,
following a court order directing it to include the PDP
. As at press time the INEC materials for the re-run
arrived CBN.
Addressing the press on Wednesday in Awka, the
state capital, Oguebego described a former governor
of the state, Mr Peter Obi whose supporters claimed
to be the consensus candidate of the party in the
rerun as an impostor.
“ Obi is an impostor. The law is clear, you can’t jump
into any election without being involved in all stages
of the election. So he can’t come in now. Annie
Okonkwo remains the legitimate candidate of PDP in
the rerun.
He declared that “those jostling for the ticket of the
party in the central senatorial zone should forget it as
senator Annie Okonkwo remains the party’s
candidate for the election.
He asked the former governor Peter Obi to forget
about the ticket, adding “there is no vacancy”.
Oguebego said PDP was relying on the Supreme
Court judgment of January 29 in the endorsement of
On Tuesday, a former commissioner for
Information, Culture and Tourism in the state, Chief
Joe- Martins Uzodike, told reporters in Awka that
members of the party had mounted pressure on
Obi to fly the PDP ticket, and that Obi would " have
no option than to oblige."
He said PDP primary had been held, adding that
they were waiting for the Independent National
Electoral Commission to come out with list of
candidates for the rerun.
But Oguebego in the news briefing on Wednesday
told journalists that PDP’s ticket for Anambra Central
was not for " the highest bidder" , stressing that Sen.
Annie Okonkwo had paid his dues in the party.
“We are not mincing words on this issue, it is obvious
that senator Okonkwo is the PDP candidate for the
Anambra central senatorial district, based on the
Supreme Court judgment recently”
“Any other person dreaming to succeed Senator
Uche Ekwunife should go and rest, there is no
vacancy any more in PDP, the party already has its
candidate in Okonkwo” Oguebego said.

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