By Emmanuel Nwazue, Umuahia
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Abia State, has on Sunday, postponed to an unspecified date, its primaries to choose a standard bearer for the Ugwunagbọ State Constituency in next year’s State House of Assembly elections.
The development, according an eyewitness who spoke anonymously to our reporter “was caused chiefly by typographical errors in the names of delegates as well as the wrong placements of their names in electoral wards other than the ones they belonged to, ” “making 15 out of the 30 delegates meant to elect the party’s flag bearer not to show up at the venue of the primaries”.
He further told our report that despite the confusion going on, the Chairperson of Ugwunagbo Local Government Area, Hon. Mrs Joy Nnanta wanted the process which according to him would have disenfranchised 15 other delegates to go on.
“While that confusion was going on, the council chairman and a few others insisted that the process must go on, but the state officials of the party who came to conduct the primaries had to put a phone to the State Party Chairman who gave the directive that they should suspend the process and return to Umuahia” he concluded.
Meanwhile, calls and text message sent to Mr Asiforo Okere, the Abia State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party to confirm the postponement of the primaries in Ugwunagbo LGA, and the new date of the election were not responded to as of the time of this report.
However, the underlisted, as obtained by our reporter, are the delegates sent by the state party secretariat to conduct the now failed primaries at the Local Government Secretariat of Ugwunagbo LGA; they are:
Igwe Ugoagha (Chairman)
Sunday Nwammiri (Secretary)