Airlines chair to dump PDP, plans contesting Anambra gov poll

THERE are strong indications that the Chairman, United Nigeria Airlines, Obiora Okonkwo, may dump the Peoples Democratic Party.

Okonkwo, who contested the primary election of the PDP on June 26 came second with 58 votes against 62 votes of the winner of the poll, Valentine Ozigbo.

A group of his loyalists under the aegis of Anambra Rescue Committee led by Chief Azubuike Anasor, on Tuesday hinted that Okonkwo would rejoin the governorship race “on the platform of any of the registered political parties” on or before July 30.

In a statement in Awka, on Tuesday, the group said, “Any discerning observer of the recent and ongoing political developments in Anambra State would have noticed that the state governorship election slated for the 6th of November 2021 will not, from all indications, produce a governor generally acceptable to our people.

“The recent gubernatorial primaries of the major political parties in the state – PDP, APGA and APC — have resulted in the imposition of candidates and manipulation of the electoral process by vested interests actuated, not by altruistic motives and intentions, but by the egregious desire to foist on our dear state leadership that will serve interests, not in tune with the wishes of our people for good governance.

“The result of these untoward practices and manoeuvres at the parties’ primaries is what we are witnessing today. There is palpable confusion suffocating the political landscape.

“There are endless litigation and counter litigations, alliances and misalliances. These litigations and counter litigations promise to go on and on and even beyond the November 6 election day.”

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