Former Transcorp MD Ozigbo wins factionalized Anambra PDP guber primary


A former Transcorp boss, Valentine Chineto Ozigbo has been declared as the winner of the NWC backed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election in Anambra state.

The former chief executive officer of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria, secured 62 votes to emerge as the flagbearer of the party for the November 6 governorship election in the state.

He beat his closest rival Obiora Okonkwo who scored a total of 58 votes.

The result of the election 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 which saw Ugochukwu Uba, a former senator, elected governorship candidate of the primary.

Uba is a former senator representing Anambra south senatorial zone.

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.

similarly, on June 9, the court also 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 further directed the party to use the November 2017 delegates in conducting its governorship primary election.

However, in a bid to forestall any crisis that may hinder the party’s chances, the national leadership of the PDP on Friday dissolved all its executives in Anambra and directed its southeast 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.

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