By Ikeugonna Eleke
Self-styled godfather of Anambra State politics, Chief Chris Uba, has emerged as the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the Anambra South senatorial contest.
Also, the senator representing Anambra South North Zone and former Aviation Minister, Princess Stella Oduah, also won the party’s ticket to run for the Anambra North senatorial zone election.
Uba and Oduah were declared winners in a primary election that held in Awka, the state capital.
While Uba contested alongside four other aspirants, Oduah contested against two aspirants.
Declaring Uba the winner, an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, who acted as the returning officer of the election, said the election was conducted under the strict guideline of the Electoral Act.
‘At the end of the exercise, Mrs Ngozika Nmegbu scored seven votes;
Val Ozigbo scored three votes; Mrs Queen Peace scored four votes; Chris Uba scored 338; while Dr Obinna Uzo scored no vote.
‘With the powers conferred on me, I hereby declare Chief Chris Uba winner of the election and the rightful candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, for Anambra South Senatorial election,’ the returning officer said.
Meanwhile, in the Anambra North Senatorial district primary election of the party, Hon Tony Nwoye was announced to have scored one vote, Chinedu Emeka scored no vote, while Senator Stella Oduah scored 278 to emerge winner.
There had been turbulence in the Anambra State chapter of the PDP, following accusation of hijack of processes.
Citing same reason, Mr Val Ozigbo and Hon Tony Nwoye had previously withdrawn from the contest.
Uba, while speaking with journalists urged aggrieved aspirants to join hands with him to help the party win the coming election, saying he had also suffered defeat in the past, yet worked for victorious candidates.