From the fall out of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primary election where Oseloka Obaze emerged the winner, some aggrieved aspirants and members of the party have since questioned the decision of the appeal panel to uphold the flawed election.
While heavyweights like Senator Stella Oduah, John Emeka and Linda Ikpeazu withdrew from the race after citing irregularities, Capital Oil boss Ifeanyi Ubah has threatened to sue the party after he was defeated in controversial circumstances.
There are now new reports that some of the aspirants may have indicated their willingness to work for the incumbent Governor Willie Obiano in the November 18th governorship election in the state against Mr. Obaze. The aggrieved aspirants who had severally complained about the manner ex-governor Peter Obi allegedly hijacked the primaries by substituting the delegate lists in favour of his choice candidate Mr. Obaze have met in Abuja to work out a clandestine way of throwing their support behind Governor Obiano’s re-election.
Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah who was allegedly stopped from initially holding an interview with Ait finally did so last week and released the bombshell that Mr. Peter Obi had demanded 7 billion from Governor Obiano as the refund for campaign expenditure in the 2013 election. He stated further that Obi was not interested in the party’s success but rather he was only interested in pulling Obiano down. The PDP subsequently suspended him for a month but he has promised to meet them in court.
Mr Ifeanyi Ubah was later paid a courtesy call by APGA chieftain and DG Obiano campaign organization Chief Victor Umeh in what many perceive as an indication that the oil magnate will be rooting for Obiano’s re-election.
On Tuesday former PDP chairman Chief Dan Ulasi was on sunrise daily, the channels TV programme where he reiterated the same allegation that former governor Peter Obi was demanding 7 billion from Obiano. He queried why Mr Obi who took Obiano round the state 4 years ago and presented him as the best man for the job will suddenly turn around to say he has not delivered.
Obi and Obaze have been reaching out to the offended aspirants and their supporters to no avail. While Obiano’s camp is not relenting. They are capitalizing on the crisis and wooing the aspirants to work for the governor with promises of juicy rewards.
It remains to be seen if any of the aspirants will take the bold step of formally decamping to APGA in the coming days. However, the past month has been very positive for the incumbent who will officially kick of his campaign on the 2nd of October at Alex Ekwueme square Awka.