The stage is set for the primaries for the main opposition party’s national and state assembly tickets, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and all eyes are on Anambra, where political heavyweights vie for the ticket to be the PDP’s flagbearers in the 2023 general elections.
Leading the race in the senatorial races are Valentine Ozigbo, a celebrated global CEO and the gubernatorial candidate of the party in the November 2021 election who hails from Anambra South; Stella Oduah, the senator representing Anambra North who faces a tough battle with former PDP Governorship Candidate and former State Chairmen, Tony Nwoye; and Uche Ekwunife, the senator representing Anambra Central.
Seven aspirants have been cleared for the Senatorial Primaries for the three zones in the southeastern state, while fifty-two aspirants have been cleared to contest in the House of Representatives primaries to fill eleven seats.
Valentine Ozigbo stands out as the clear frontrunner in Anambra South, where he will square off against Chris Uba, a former PDP Board of Trustees (BOT) member and infamous godfather of former Governor Chris Ngige, and a little known aspirant, Mrs Peace Ezeabikwa.
At a town hall with Anambra South delegates of the PDP who would be voting in the primary next week, Ozigbo received an overwhelming endorsement and revealed that leaders of the party in the zone were making moves to produce a candidate for the Senate by consensus for Anambra South.
In Anambra North, All Progressives Congress (APC) returnee Princess Stella Oduah and Tony Nwoye will be locking horns for the party’s senatorial ticket. Oduah, a sitting senator and Nwoye, a former federal lawmaker and former gubernatorial candidate of both the PDP and APC, are heavyweights with the muscle to win the primary. Chief John Emeka, a former minister, was also cleared to contest in Anambra North.
In Anambra Central, the sitting senator, Uche Ekwunife, is running unopposed.
Initially billed for Monday, May 23, 2022, the PDP has moved the primaries for its senatorial tickets for the South East to Tuesday due to the forced lockdowns imposed by separatists in the region.