Anambra Central senate seat which is billed for a re-run in the coming weeks continues to generate a mix of soap operas. First was Uche Ekwunife’s harried defection to the APC, which initially appeared to embrace her, only to quickly turn around to block her from becoming the party’s nominee.
Then we have a Victor Umeh, who instead of concentrating on the campaigns, is prancing around (mis)interpreting the judgment as having excluded the PDP from fielding a candidate in the re-run. How Umeh, a layman, turned judgement-interpreter surprises many. But why Umeh persists on this infamous path is easy to see – he fears that the PDP will once again win the senate seat, especially if Obiora Okonkwo flies the flag, as expected. It’s also noteworthy that Umeh believes that APC can field a candidate, but PDP can’t.
The PDP itself, even though favored to win, is not helping matters. Instead of concentrating on the best legal option for naming its candidate, it seems to be encouraging yet another atmosphere of confusion. It’s puzzling why the party insists on holding another primary when it already has a presumptive candidate in the person of Dr Obiora Okonkwo, who had emerged the candidate of the party from the only primary that passed the muster of the party’s Constitution and Guidelines, which the Court has cited when it nullified Ekwunife.
Further, if the PDP wants to get it right, why would the party appear to be encouraging Osita Chidoka to even indicate interest in seeking the nomination? Even if the party is determined to conduct another primary, why not limit it only to those that were cleared in 2014. They were Dr Obiora Okonkwo, Sylvester Okonkwo, Annie Okonkwo, and Okelekwe. Why can’t PDP simply insist that nomination of any fresh candidate is not on the cards? PDP should know that the proposed primary looks like a plot to stack the deck against Obiora Okonkwo, who to this day is seen by many as the ‘candidate in waiting’.
Coming back to Osita Chidoka, why is the PDP encouraging a man that may soon be in trouble with the EFCC for his controversial stewardship of FRSC and Ministry of Aviation? It’s all there in the public domain how a lot of financial things might have gone wrong when Chidoka held the helms at those two federal institutions. What remains to be seen is this: if and when Buhari will move against Chidoka. That possibility is not too great for a PDP that just had its senatorial win nullified for getting things wrong the last time around.
Doesn’t the PDP know that Chidoka’s younger brother, Obinna Chidoka, is the PDP Representative of Idemili in the Federal House of Reps. Political pundits across Nigeria are wondering why the Chidoka brothers must be the only ones representing the people of Idemili and Anambra Central senatorial district.
So, what the PDP needs to do now is tell Osita Chidoka to his face that the party does not tolerate dynasty. Another thing the PDP can do is to toe the easier path to victory by simply acknowledging the fact that it is Dr Obiora Okonkwo that should be the nominee, having won the primary election that met all the conditions of the law.
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