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Anambra 2021: Ekwunife, Okonkwo, others shut out of race

Frantic moves by some aspirants, including  Senator Iyom Uche Ekwunife and Dr Obiora Okonkwo to participate in the  People’s Democratic Party(PDP) primaries for the Anambra State   November 5, 2021 Governorship polls, was yesterday  dashed.

Reason? The  PDP at an emergency South East caucus meeting yesterday at Enugu which was attended by Governor Nyesom  Wike of Rivers State, adopted zoning and endorsed  that the next governorship candidate of the party will come from Anambra South Senatorial zone.

This adoption has therefore truncate  the aspiration of Dr Obiora Okonkwo Ekwunife who hail  from Anambra Central Senatorial zone. Though Ekwunife is from Igbo-Ukwu but married to Nri where she currently represents Anambra Central in  the Senate.

At the meeting yesterday, Wike who was in Enugu to commiserate with the family of Ekweremadu OVER the death of their son, Mathias, seized the opportunity to address the  South East PDP stakeholders.

According to AIF Media, Wike specifically advised that the PDP leaders in Anambra State should hands off the selection process of picking its gubernatorial candidate in. He appealed to them to allow  the PDP Governors Forum, to select the best candidate for them, if they were serious of winning the election.

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With the adoption of the zoning formula at the meeting yesterday, it is not clear if those affected, especially Dr Okonkwo who has invested so much in governorship project will accept the party’s decision.

 According to a source who confided in AIF Media, is the issue of  pending court  cases. PDP Anambra State has several cases in court in connection with the state’s party  leadership  tussle.

He added:”Those who are against Ndubuisi Nwobu – led executive are in courts seeking his removal. Others are angling  to change the list of council  and ward executives of the party ahead of its  primaries. They want to use the courts to authenticate their own list, and these issues formed part of the discussion at Enugu yesterday.”

The source added, that the party also resolved to begin a process of getting these litigants to withdraw the cases at the courts.

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