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Confusion Over List Of PDP Candidates

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Confusion is trailing today’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the national level over the list of the winners of the party’s recently conducted primaries across the country.

The outcome of the primaries have seen different aspirants claiming victory in the same election, while others said there were no such exercises in their states.

For example, in Anambra North, a former Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Stella Oduah, and a former Minister of Water and Transport, John Emeka, said they won the primaries. In Anambra South, Senator Andy Ubah and his brother, Chief Chris Ubah, are claiming victory in their respective primaries.

In Enugu state,  a former National Chairman of the party, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, is claiming victory over the outcome of the primary in the Enugu North Senatorial District. His claim was however contrary to the results submitted by the electoral panel led by Senator Anthony Manzo, which declared Chukwuka Utazi as the candidate.

Senator Ayogu Eze has insisted that he remains the only governorship candidate of the party validly elected during last Monday’s primary in Enugu State.

But Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi was announced as the winner at a parallel primary in the state.

Eze dismissed claims that two parallel primaries were held, saying "there was only one primary at which the genuine delegates, elected on November 1, 2014, voted for me out of their free will".

The confusion over the directive from the members of the PDP National Working Committee that its Ogun State chapter must not conduct last Monday’s governorship primary is still vibrating.

According to the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, stakeholders of the party said that they did not get the directive on time.He said this was the reason they gave when they (the stakeholders) came to make presentations to the NWC members.

The directive, which was sent to the Ogun State chapter of the party by the NWC and signed by Olisa Metuh said, "For the avoidance of doubt, the NWC hereby states that it did not authorise any governorship primary in Ogun State".

"Consequently, any such exercise held in Ogun State is hereby declared null and void and of no effect. A new date will be communicated for the primary".

Instead of obeying the directive, the party in the state went ahead with the primary and elected Gboyega Isiaka as the governorship candidate. The action has however been rejected by a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Dimeji Bankole.

Bankole, one of the governorship aspirants in the party, insisted that he is still in the race.

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