The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally recognized Valentine Ozigbo as the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 6, 2021, Anambra governorship election.
In a press release, yesterday, Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, stated that the commission decided to name Ozigbo based on the latest Appeal Court judgment by the Justice Monica Gbonghan-Mensem-led three-man panel that announced him as the candidate of the party and directed INEC to publish the names of Ozigbo and his running mate, Mrs. Azuka Enemo, as the governorship and deputy governorship candidates of the PDP.
The inauguration, which was attended by party stalwarts, had in attendance 11 PDP governors.
The national leadership of the PDP noted that it inaugurated the party’s campaign council in a bid to deliver the party’s candidate in the election, Ozigbo.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of PDP, Wali Jubril, pleaded for peace and unity amidst party leaders and members.
Reacting to Ozigbo’s victory, Nnamdi Nwangwu, the Publicity Secretary of PDP in the state, blamed Senator Ugochukwu Uba for wanting to reap where he did not sow. Nwangwu, in a press statement, a copy of which was made available to newsmen, yesterday, stated that Ozigbo’s victory was a victory for every true member of the party in the state and beyond.
MEANWHILE, some founding members of the APC in Enugu State have pulled former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, to Mai Mala Buni, the party’s chairman of the National Caretaker Committee.
In a bid to Buni by the party members, the party chieftains indicted Nnamani of polarising the party.
The request, which was signed by Dr. Charles Ogbu for Enugu West Senatorial Zone, Chief Mike Nwobodo for Enugu East Senatorial Zone, and Lady Phill Nwodo for Enugu North Senatorial Zone, had already been conceded by the office of the national chairman.
They reported in the petition that Nnamani’s entry into the party had resolve into a curse.
ALSO, the lawful struggle on the national leadership of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), yesterday, took a new twist with the Court of Appeal in Abuja enforcing an N10 million fine on two chieftains of the party for involving in abuse of court in the matter.
The fine was enforced on the two chieftains, Chiefs Edozie Njoku and Chinedu Benedict Okoro, as punishment for bringing what the court sees as inappropriate and incompetent appeal before it.
The two chieftains had in their collective appeal requested the court to settle the dispute on APGA national leadership in which a judgment had earlier been sent by Kano Division of the court.