Anambra PDP: Torn between Wike’s warning and exclusion plots

When the Rivers State Governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, reminded Southeast stakeholders of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that winning the November 6, 2021 Anambra State gubernatorial should be their major agenda, it was if he saw the challenges facing the PDP in the state.

A hefty number of 13 gubernatorial aspirants are lining up to contest the party’s ticket for the November poll. As such, given the challenges of managing such number of serious contenders, particularly given their huge individual net worth as billionaires, how to prune down the number to a manageable size became a serious issue.

While some party faithful, especially from Anambra South Senatorial District are rooting for zoning, other stakeholders maintain that zoning has no relevance in the search for the ideal candidate, even as they contend that if there is any need to exclude aspirants, those already holding elective offices should be asked not to purchase the expression of interest and nomination forms.

But, speaking on the silent agitations for zoning and need to prune down the number of aspirants as a way of ensuring a rancour-free nomination process, the national leadership of PDP declared that it would not be forced to adopt the power sharing arrangement of another political party.

According to the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, who made the National Working Committee’s (NWC) position on the matter public during a world press conference in Abuja on August last year, “PDP would not adopt the internal policy of another party for the Anambra governorship election.”

The NWC also made it clear the state executive led by Mr. Ndubuisi Nwobu was the only recognized PDP leadership in Anambra State and urged all government agencies and bodies to deal with the Nwobu-exco in any matter relating to PDP in Anambra State.

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