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2015: PDP South East declares support for Jonathan at Awka rally

Ahead of  the 2015 general election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), South East Zone, on Friday adopted President Goodluck Jonathan as the Party’s Presidential candidate.

The News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) reports that the South East zonal vice chairman of the party, Col. Austin Akobundu (Rtd.) said this at PDP rally held at Ekwueme square, Awka.

According to him, President Jonathan had done well in office and deserves a second tenure.

“The PDP in the South East zone has declared its full support for Mr President, Goodluck Jonathan, to contest a second term in office.

“He has done very well, he deserves second term and we the PDP in the South East zone will work very hard to deliver him,” Akobundu said.

Chief Chris Uba and his elder brother Sen. Andy Uba (Anambra South), were absent at the rally where the PDP gubernatorial aspirants for the Nov. 16 governorship election in Anambra were presented to party members and supporters.

Also, two other gubernatorial aspirants of the party: Chief Sule Gboma and Chief Mike Okoye, were absent at the PDP rally.

NAN gathered that the absence of some aspirants was because the crack within the PDP fold in the State resulting from the protracted leadership tussle in the state had yet to be resolved.

At the rally, Mr  Keneth Emekayi was presented by the PDP South East zonal vice chairman, Col. Akobundu, as the authentic chairman of the  party in the State confirmed by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).

But one Ejike Oguebego is believed to be the party’s factional state chairman recognised by the Ubas.

The PDP governorship aspirants who attended the rally were: Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu, Chief Mrs Josephine Anenih (sole female aspirant), Chief Sylvester Okonkwo and Dr Obinna Uzoh.

Others were:  Chief Ugochukwu Okeke, Chief Walter Ubaka Okeke, Chief Tony Nwoye, Sen.Emma Anosike, Dr Alex Obiogbolu and Mr Charles Odunukwe.

Addressing the rally, a member of the PDP NWC, Mr Effiong Bassey, said that the party was committed to regaining Anambra State.

He said the NWC had set up four committees, lead by former Senate President,  Sen. Adolphus Wabara, to supervise exercise that would produce credible party candidates for both local government and governorship elections in the State.

In his speech, Emeakayi pledged that the party leadership in the state was committed to regain the state for the party.

He urged the party’s national leadership to ensure that the candidates of the party for the governorship elections emerged through a transparent primary and not through an imposition. (NAN)


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