By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”The confusion trailing the emergence of former CBN Governor, ProfessorÂ Chukwuma Soludo as the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in next yearâ€™s election , has taken a new turn twist.
This is comingÂ as a group of 23 governorship aspirants of the party, yesterday vowedÂ not to accept the candidature of Soludo, unless a proper primaries was conducted for the party in the state.
The aspirants operating under the aegis of Integrity Group, said at a news conference in Enugu, that despite the â€œfrivolous allegationâ€ that they masterminded the kidnap of Soludoâ€™s father, Mr. Simeon, culminating in their invitation by the police, they would not be cowed to accept the â€œimposition of Soludo and Senator Emma Anosikeâ€ as the partyâ€™s flagbearers for the coming governorship poll.
The position of the aspirants came on the heels of a court order obtained by the self-styled godfather of Anambra politics, Chief Chris Uba from an Enugu High Court, granting him leave to enforce his fundamental rights.
Uba, who is a member of the PDP Board of Trustees, had approached the court through his lawyer, complaining that his rights to personal liberty under the constitution was in jeopardy of being infringed upon,Â following his purported invitation by the Anambra State police command over the kidnap.
In granting the application, the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Innocent Umezulike,Â said â€œthe leave so granted shall act as a stay of all actions or matters connected with or related to the complaint of the applicantâ€. The court adjourned further hearing in the matter to November 10.
However, the 23 aspirants said they felt highly embarrassed by the kidnap allegation, which they described as a dangerous dimension to the politics of Anambra State.
They insisted that the kidnap allegation was nothing but a distraction to the impending issue of Anambra PDP governorship primaries.
Speaking through Chief Chuma Nwofor and Princess Kate Egwu, the group said the rally held in Awka,Â upon which the police hinged their alleged culpability in the kidnap was basically to chart a new course for the party, which they noted has been in disarray since the â€œimposition of Soludoâ€ on them.