Abujaâ€”Twenty-three Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial aspirants, yesterday expressed dismay over the selection of Prof. Chukwuma Soludo as the governorship candidate of the party in Anambra.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party had picked Soludo on Friday night in Abuja with Chief Emmanuel Anosike as the running mate for the FebruaryÂ 6, 2010 election.
The move led to the end of a high-stake contest in electing a governorship candidate for the party for the election.
Some 47 aspirants, including Soludo, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria
(CBN) jostled for the ticket, but the party failed to produce a candidate as the primaries could not hold due to court injunctions.
Chief Chuma Nwafor, who addressed newsmen on behalf of the 23 aspirants, however, called on the NWC of the party to reverse its decision.
â€œThe process of picking Soludo as the governorship flag bearer, was not done according to the party’s constitution. We all took an oath to abide by the party’s constitution.
We will not accept the imposition of a candidate on us. All we know is that the delegates congress to choose an aspirant was inconclusive,â€ Nwafor said.
He insisted on due process in the conduct of producing an aspirant for theÂ election.
â€œWe insist that this race is for votes. Let a proper congress be held and a candidate chosen. This is our final decision,â€ he said.
He said that 23 of the aspirants had decided to write a letter of protest to President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua and a copy presented to the NWC and the PDP National Chairman, Chief Vincent Ogbulafor.
Meanwhile, a group known as Concerned Constitutional Statutory Delegates from Anambra State for the Special Congress for the Gubernatorial Primary Election, 2010, had staged a protest at the PDP headquarters, rejecting the decision of the NWC to â€œhoistâ€ a candidate on the party.