Cracks in PDP as Ozigbo, Nwoye, others withdraw from party’s primary elections in Anambra


[From CHINEDU NWAFOR, Abakaliki]

Crisis may be brewing in Anambra Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as prominent members of the party aspiring for elections in the State have withdrawn from the party’s primary elections.

Mr. Valentine Ozigbo

Prominent in the list were 2021 governorship candidate of the party in Anambra State, Mr. Valentine Chineto Ozigbo, former House of Representatives member, Dr. Tony Nwoye and four others as of the time of filing in this report.

Ozigbo while announcing his withdrawal from the race, said “he refused to dignify the rot of the process by participating in Anambra South Senatorial Primary.”

He accused one of his opponents, Chief Chris Uba and the National Working Committee (NWC) of being responsible for the rot that characterized the process.

“The actions of Chris Uba and the NWC-appointed minions have put the candidacy of many of our party faithful in legal jeopardy!

“Our real problem lies in the blatant disregard for the rule of law. Instead of joining Chris Uba’s devious game of musical chairs, we ought instead to focus on how to clean house and restoring peace, order, and unity to the PDP.

“The actions of Chris Uba and Linus Ukachukwu, with the support of Uche Ekwunife, Stella Oduah, and a few others are the reasons PDP in Anambra may end up fielding no candidates in the 2023 elections”, Ozigbo concluded.

Also, Dr. Tony Nwoye also wrote a letter withdrawing from Anambra North Senatorial election, citing similar issues raised by Ozigbo.

Other aspirants who withdrew from the race on the platform of PDP included Lady Juliet Anaeme who withdrew from House of Assembly contest for Ekwusigo state constituency and resigned from PDP also; Chief Andrew Onwurah Azike who withdrew from contesting Aguata Federal Constituency seat and also resigned from the PDP.

Others are: Hon Obiora Chira who withdrew from contesting the Oyi/Ayamelum federal Constituency seat as well as

Hon. Idu Emeka who withdrew from contesting the House of Representatives seat of  Onitsha North and South Federal Constituency.