By John Ikani
Ugochukwu Uba on Saturday emerged winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election organised by the Chukwudi Umeaba-led faction held at Paul University Complex, Awka.
The result was announced by Obidi Ebede, chairman of the electoral panel.
Uba, a member of the senate from 2003 to 2007, secured 275 votes to beat other aspirants at the primary election which held at the University of St. Paul, Awka, capital of the state.
His closest challengers; Godwin Ezeemo polled 114 votes to come second, while Uche Ekwunife, a senator, scored 56 votes to come third.
Accepting his nomination, Mr Uba thanked the party leadership, faithful and delegates for deeming it worthy to make him the party flag bearer.
He promised to restore PDP to its pride of place in Anambra politics after 16 years of being in the “doldrums”, adding that if elected governor on November 6, he would address the leadership challenges of the state, including the local government system.
Meanwhile, another PDP faction in the state which held its primary election at the Dora Akunyili Development Centre, also in Awka is yet to announce a winner.
What you should know
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 LGAs 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 chapter.
Also, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that it will comply with the judgement of the high court on the sacking of the executives.