By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu
Canadian based medical practitioner, Dr Chinedu Umeadi, has emerged the flag bearer of Young Progressives Congress (YPP) for Anambra Central Senatorial District in the upcoming 2023 General Elections.
Umeadi emerged the consensus candidate during the YPP Special State Congress/Primary elections held in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
The member representing Anaocha, Njikoka, Dunukofia Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Honourable Dozie Nwankwo, emerged the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA in the Anambra Central Senatorial District. Nwankwo polled 162 votes to defeat the former national chairman of APGA and the former senator representing the zone, Chief Victor Umeh, who got 151 votes, and the former Chief of Protocol to former Governor Willie Obiano, Uzuegbunam Okagbue, who got 10 votes.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) team led by Mr. Anthony Nwanga, was also on ground to monitor the election which was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere.
The national secretary of the party and returning officer for the exercise, Mr. Vidiyeno Bamaiyi, said one hundred and nine delegates participated in the primary election.
According to Bamaiyi, the consensus arrangement was in compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act and the guidelines of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
‘We are here to raise a new breed of politicians, different from the old stock that had messed this country up and we are hopeful that they will make us proud in the upcoming general elections, he hoped.
The chairmanYoung Progressives Party in Anambra State, Comrade Moses Obi, decried what he described as the glaring practice of buying delegates with money and enjoined the party members to go all out and canvass for YPP in their various communities for the overall interest and future of Anambra State.
In his acceptance speech, the candidate for Anambra Central Senatorial Zone, Dr. Umeadi, expressed appreciation to the party and its members for the endorsement and pledged to bring to bear, his wealth of managerial experience in representing his people.
Umeadi assured that if elected, he would continually engage his constituents through town hall meetings and consultations with stakeholders to know their priority needs.
‘This is a party that will give Nigerians the needed respite and I want to align myself with that vision and ensure that Anambra Central gets the best in terms of dividends of democracy,’ he said.