By Jude Atupulazi
Aspirants under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, have called on the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party to expeditiously conduct the 3-man ad-hoc delegate election earlier scheduled to hold on 30th April but which failed to hold because of unavailability of original result sheets.
Addressing journalists last Wednesday at the party secretariat, Awka, the aspirants led by Hon Onyebuchi Offor, member representing Ekwusigo State Constituency in the Anambra State House of assembly, expressed the fear that should the delegate election not be conducted, they might run the risk of not being part of the forthcoming elections, including the presidential candidate of the party in the state, Mr Peter Obi.
The Jibrin Ahmed-led committee had been expected to conduct the 3-man ad-hoc delegate election on 30 April but the exercise was rescheduled to 1 May 2022 due to unavailability of original result sheets
But the aspirants who have all purchased nomination forms, in a communique at the end of their meeting in Awka, Wednesday, called for the repeat of the botched exercise on Thursday, 5th May, 2022, so as not to jeopardize their chances in the 2023 elections.
They said in the event of exigency of time, the already existing ward and LGA executives could go ahead to conduct the primaries through the same committee for the repeat 3-man ad hoc congress.
The aspirants who wrote to the NWC of the party through the national chairman of the party, Prof Iyorcha Ayu, reaffirmed their resolution in their earlier meeting with the panel set up by the national leadership of PDP headed by H.E. Arapaja in a stakeholders meeting held in the party’s national office on 26 April 2022. They had resolved that the state congress of the party should be concluded, for which they were later informed that it had been scheduled for Wednesday 4 May 2022 by the National Working Committee.
The aspirants prayed that it should be held as scheduled so that they could have a state leadership of the party to lead their campaigns for the forthcoming general elections and for peace and stability of the party in Anambra State.
‘We reafﬁrm our confidence in the leadership of our great party and trust their ability to lead us to victory in the forthcoming general elections,’ the aspirants stated.
There are fears that the current situation in the Anambra State PDP is being manipulated by powerful interests to whittle down the support base of Peter Obi who is the leading presidential candidate from the Southeast. Fides investigation gathered that a self-styled godfather in Anambra State is being used to achieve that.
One of the aspirants from Onitsha who pleaded for anonymity, confirmed the fears and said Obi was being targeted by forces afraid of his profile.
‘They think that by making us not to be part of the election they can shake the support base of Obi but no one is God,’ the source said.