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Chaos, cancellation mark PDP legislative election primaries in state



THE primaries of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for House of Representatives and House of Assembly seats held across the country with candidates emerging amid uncertainty, chaos, suspension, cancellation though it was smoothly conducted in some venues.

  In Imo, legal advisor of the party, Kessinger Ikeokwu, announced an indefinite suspension of its primaries for the House of Assembly and House of Representatives over what he described as an irreconcilable delegates’ list.

  A statement by Ikeokwu on Sunday said the non-conduct of the primaries was due to confusion caused by the National Assembly where over 80 per cent of delegates ordinarily meant to vote at the primaries had been excluded in complying to Section 84 (8) of the Electoral Act.

  Similarly, parallel primaries were held in Edo State with former Speaker of the State Assembly, Kabiru Adjoto, declared the winner in Akoko Edo Federal Constituency while incumbent Speaker Marcus Onobun also won for the Esan West/Esan Central/Igueben Federal Constituency and daughter of Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, Omosede, emerged victorious for Ovia Federal Constituency.

   Minority Leader of House of Representatives, Ndudi Godwin Elumelu, emerged candidate of the party to contest Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency election in 2023.

  However, a third-term Member Representing Ndokwa/Ukwuani Federal Constituency, Ossai N. Ossai, lost his bid to clinch the ticket of the PDP.

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