There was confusion on Saturday in Anambra State over the conduct of the governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as two factions of the party held separate elections.
The wo factions elected Senator Ugochukwu Uba and Valentine Ozigbo as the party’s respective standard bearers in the November 6 election.
While Uba was elected candidate of a faction led by Chukwudi Imeaba, a loyalist of his brother and self-styled godfather of the party, Chief Chris Uba, Ozigbo was elected at an exercise organised by a faction believed to be backed by the National Working Committee (NWC)..
Ozigbo, a former Chief Executive Officer of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp), secured 62 votes to emerge as the flagbearer of the party
Obiora Okonkwo scored a total of 58 votes to place second in the primary.
The result of the election held at Dora Akunyili Development Center, was announced by Philip Shaibu, deputy governor of Edo State and secretary of the party’s electoral committee.
Earlier, the Chris Uba-led faction had organised its primary election at the University of St. Paul, Awka, capital of the state.
Uba, a member of the senate from 2003 to 2007, secured 275 votes to beat other aspirants at the primary election
His closest challengers-Godwin Ezeemo polled 114 votes to come second, while Uche Ekwunife, a serving senator, scored 56 votes to place third.
Anambra PDP has been enmeshed in internal wrangling of late, leading to the emergence of two factions of the party.
Recently, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja sacked the party’s executive council at the state and local government levels.
On June 9, the court dismissed three applications filed by the national office of the PDP and two others for a stay of judgement pending the determination of the appeal.
The court also directed the party to use the November 2017 delegates in conducting its governorship primary election.
On Friday, the national leadership of the PDP dissolved all its executives in Anambra and directed its South East zonal caretaker committee to oversee the management of the state chapter of the party.
Also, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that it will comply with the judgement of the high court which sacked the executives.