The gubernatorial primary elections of the Anambra state PDP which was supposed to hold yesterday,could not hold as the party was divided into two factions.Read the story as reported by Sunnewsonline.
Yesterday, the faction led by Chief Ken Emeakayi operated from Marble Arch Hotel, Awka, with officials of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, while the Chief Ejike Oguebego faction was quartered at the Udoka Estate, with officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in attendance.
Daily Sun gathered that the PDP NWC, had, prior to yesterday’s congresses, decided to take over the conduct of the exercise, to ensure that there would not be confusion as to who, between Emeakayi and Oguebego, had the authority to do so. The NWC officials had lodged at Marble Arch Hotel, where the materials for the congresses at the 322 wards were stocked.
Sources revealed that the buses that were to take the materials from the Marble Arch Hotel to the wards could not move yesterday because Emeakayi, who had contracted them, did not pay following the confusion. By 4p.m, when it had become late for the buses to move, the PDP NWC decided to postpone the exercise to a later date.
Daily Sun gathered that the PDP NWC had mandated the Col Austin Akobundu Zonal Working Committee to liaise with the governorship aspirants and agree on a later date when the congresses would hold.
At press time yesterday, the zonal working committee of the party were meeting with all the governorship aspirants, except Dr. Andy Uba.
Meanwhile, the Oguebego faction held congresses at the wards yesterday, with INEC officials as observers.
Observers, however, are wondering who the faction would submit results of its congresses to, since the PDP NWC does not recognise it.
A member of PDP, who pleaded anonymity said: “The Oguebego faction held its congresses, while the one to be conducted by the NWC will hold later in the month. I wonder who the Oguebego faction will submit its result to. Will it be PDP or INEC?”