The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) has scheduled primary election for Jan 9, 2016 to choose its candidate
Ekwunife set to clash again with her APGA counterpart, Victor Umeh
Following the recent verdict of the Court of Appeal tribunal sitting in Enugu which disqualified the election of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Senator Uche Ekwunife and ordering a re-run poll within 90 days, the party has scheduled primary election for Jan 9, 2016 to choose its candidate.
The primary election has thrown spanners in the political works of some of the candidates including the former national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, Senator Annie Okonkwo and the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige.
Particularly, Umeh would have been the greatest beneficiary of the tribunal’s damning verdict, as he would have had a no-contest situation if Ngige who was doubtful if he would resign his ministerial job to re-contest the senatorial election as the APGA candidate would have just recorded a landslide since he would contest with no one.
Or Senator Okonkwo who would have simply stepped into Ekwunife’s position without any fight.
Again, Ekwunife is not someone who give things up so easily, especially when her party, the PDP is out to organize a complete fresh primary, and every qualified aspirant who purchased forms earlier could participate and try their luck again.
The whole scenario became manifest with the verdict of the Court of Appeal tribunal which cited a Supreme Court’s earlier verdict on Wambai Vs Donatus (2014) where the apex court held that “a person cannot be qualified to be a candidate of a political party except and unless he is nominated and sponsored by a political party.”
In this instance the court held that Ekwunife “was not the product of a valid primary and was therefore, not duly and legitimately nominated. That has disqualified her from contesting the election into the Anambra Central district…”
Chuks Collins From Awka