Sen. Obinna Ogba, a factional governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi, has nominated Dr Oliver Osi as his running mate.
Osi is currently a lawmaker representing Ivo State Constituency in the Ebonyi House of Assembly.
His nomination was conveyed in a letter dated June 22 addressed to Sen. Iyiorcha Ayu, National Chairman of PDP.
Ogba, who is representing Ebonyi Central Senatorial Zone in the Senate, said Osi’s nomination was in compliance with provisions of the 1999 Nigeria Constitution..
The letter read: “In compliance with Section 187(1) and (2) of the 1999 Nigeria Constitution, as amended, the electoral guidelines and the PDP guidelines, I write to convey my nomination of Dr Oliver Osi as the deputy governorship candidate of our great party in the 2023 general election.
“His nomination is the outcome of detailed and wide ranging consultations with party stakeholders in the state. I have no doubt that his inclusion will add strong electoral value to our ticket.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ogba was elected the PDP governorship candidate in primary the election conducted by a faction led by Mr Tochukwu Okorie on June 5.
However, an Abakaliki Federal High Court earlier in June nullified the primary election conducted by the Ogba group and upheld the primaries conducted by Mr Silas Onu’s led faction.
The Onu’s faction elected Dr Ifeanyochukwu Odii as the party’s governorship candidate on May 29.
Both Okorie and Onu are laying claims to the chairmanship of the party in Ebonyi.
Sen. Obinna Ogba, the factional governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for 2023 polls in Ebonyi has expressed confidence that he will emerge victorious in the crisis rocking the party.
This is contained in statement issued in Abakaliki on Wednesday signed by Mr Godfrey Chikwere, Special Assistant to Ogba on Media.
Ogba, who expressed confidence in securing victory at the court, praised the party and his supporters for their prayers.
The statement noted that the Ogba was not relenting in his effort to serve Ebonyi people as their governor.
“The current events ranging from primary election to judicial processes are no doubt a calculated political distraction.
“Anybody that is conversant with Ogba’s political trajectory will understand that he has fought, worked and walked for any of his victories and political positions with God and the people as his key focus.
“It is a matter of time the people of Ebonyi will be happy again. We, therefore, encourage all our followers to keep faith and hope alive because the victory is already in sight,“ the statement said.
The statement noted that a three-man Court of Appeal panel. sitting in Enugu, had granted Ogba’s prayer to be joined in the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abakaliki .
“ Ogba appealed the said judgment immediately. That is our first step to legal gain and victory.
“We assure you that everything politically and legally possible is on motion; our case is like that of Emordi and Prof. Chukwuma Soludo in Anambra
“At the end of the day, the people, party and court will be on the same page, the statement said.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that a Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki had earlier in the month nullified the primary elections conducted under the leadership of Chief Tochukwu Okorie.
The election held between June 4 and June 5, produced Ogba as the PDP governorship candidate for 2023.
The court upheld the primaries held between May 28 and May 29 were Dr Ifeanyochukwu Odii emerged as the governorhip candidate of the party.
Sen. Obinna Ogba, representing Ebonyi Central senatorial zone and governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ebonyi state, in the 2023 governorship election, has vowed to protect the mandate given to him by the people.
Ogba made the pledge while addressing newsmen on Saturday at his campaign office in Abakaliki.
He added that no amount of intimidation or threat from any quarter would make him to either surrender or reliquish the mandate given to him by the party delegates during the rescheduled PDP primaries in Ebonyi held between June 4 and June 6.
The senator noted that the Certificate of Return (CoR) issued to him by the party in Abuja is an affirmation that he remains the only authentic and recognised governorship candidate for the PDP in Ebonyi in 2023 gubernatorial election.
He congratulated the party leadership and the delegates who voted to entrust him with the party’s flag for the election, saying he is committed to taking the party to victory.
He said: “One thing I know is that nobody no matter the circumstance can intimidate me or take away the mandate given to me by our great party from the backyard; it is not possible.
“No matter how they have ganged up, I’m happy for our delegates have spoken through their votes.
“Twelve of the aspirants have congratulated us except one but, if in an examination you score 12 over 13, you have passed at distinction level.”
The guber candidate who also reacted to a Court judgement nullifying the primary elections that produced him as the PDP governorship candidate in Ebonyi, called on his supporters, PDP faithful and Ebonyi people to remain calm.
“Court is for everyone; it is for the rich and it is for the poor. We are going to respond appropriately and we are going to defeat them the way we defeated them at the party poll,” Ogba added.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Dr Ifeanyochukwu Odii was elected governorship candidate in a primary election held by a faction led by Mr Silas Onu on May 28 and May 29 which was boycotted by the Ogba group.
However, following the cancellation of the PDP primaries in Ebonyi by the National Working Committee (NWC), the party ordered for fresh primaries in the state.
Ogba emerged winner in the governorship primary conducted under the supervision of Mr Tochukwu Okorie who was recently reinstated to his seat through an Appeal Court judgement delivered in Abuja.
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Abakaliki, presided by Justice Fatun Riman, on June 7 ruled that the primary elections that produced Ogba and other candidates were illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.
The Court also affirmed the primary elections earlier conducted in the state that produced Odii as governorship candidate of the PDP.
The Judge further ruled that PDP properly constituted a primary election committee and deployed them for the purpose of same and that INEC agreed to have monitored the election and returned candidates transparently.
The Court also held that any other primary elections held after those of May 28 and May 29 were null and void, conferring no benefits or rights whatsoever.
The AnyiChuks Campaign Council (ACC), says it will not be distracted by campaign of calumny being launched against its principal and governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Ifeanyochukwu Odii.This is contained in a statement issued by Chief Abia Onyike, the council’s Director, Media and Publicity on Friday in Abakaliki and a copy made available to the News Agency of Nigeria .The statement read in part: Our attention has been drawn to a vicious and thoughtless campaign and advertisement targeted at our principal, Dr Ifeanyichukwu Odii, a frontline PDP governorship aspirant and two others.“The mischievous advertisement appeared in a bill board mounted at Presco and Akanu Ibiam junctions and other parts of Abakaliki metropolis.“In the write-up, titled ` Exposing the David Umahi’s 2023 Agenda’, the hack writer or writers who lacked the courage to pen their names, alleged that the three aspirants whose photographs appeared in the billboard are being set up as Umahi’s ‘underground’ candidates for 2023 governorship election.’’Then he went ahead to appeal to voters, saying that: “I must tell you to be very careful with these three candidates above.“The fact is if you want Ebonyi to be better again, please vote wisely because your vote counts.” The council noted that the write-up was not just the handiwork of anonymous hack writers or incredulous advertisers, that it was allegedly carefully orchestrated campaign of calumny, planted by a governorship aspirant whose campaign project has run into murky waters.“His resort to this type of campaign strategy signifies his failures and frustrations with the current turn of events and total rejection by Ebonyi people.“The picture he has painted in his advertisement is not only dubious but a reflection of his false personal imagination.“The people of Ebonyi and the teeming supporters of AnyiChuks are hereby called upon to ignore the antics of these ‘drowning men’ from an equally drowning campaign organisation,” it added.The council said the decision to attack AnyiChuks was borne out of the fear that he might have an upper hand in the upcoming governorship primaries in the state.It said that no amount of falsehood, innuendos and fiendish recriminations that could stop an idea whose time has come.“Anyichuks is a man of integrity, honour and candour who is loved by Ebonyi electorate from all walks of life.“We believe that Ebonyi voters are matured enough to decide who will lead them; Anyichuk’s antecedents and pedigree are already in the public domain. “He is too decent to engage in voodoo politics.“For the past 17 years, Odii has demonstrated his love and passion for the people of Ebonyi.“His contract with Ebonyi people has been midwifed by several landmark projects in philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and life changing endeavours.“To wake up one day and alleged that Odii is being fronted by someone else as a political decoy is the height of fallacy which has no basis in truth and reality.’’Let us reiterate it here once again that Anyichuks entered the governorship race based on his independent decision as an Ebonyi citizen.“He is inspired by his love for the people and remains unshakable in his commitment to their cause.“As an accomplished and successful individual, he can never condescend to the lower status ascribed to political charlatans,” the council said.