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.
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.