The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cleared the Chairman, Capital Oil, Ifeanyi Uba; former Aviation Minister and senator representing Anambra North in the National Assembly, Stella Odua as well as a member of the House of Representatives, Linda Ikpeazu to contest the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State.
Others cleared are: former Minister of State for Transport, John Okechukwu Emeka; Alex Obiogolu and Oseloka Obaze.
Of the seven gubernatorial aspirants, only Akolisa Ufodike was disqualified on grounds of dual citizenship.
Chairman of the Anambra Screening Committee and former Minister of Police Affairs, Adamu Waziri, stated this on Friday in Abuja while presenting certificates of clearance to the aspirants.
The party’s primary is billed for August 19, 2017.
Recall that Uba was the Labour Party (LP) candidate in the 2014 governorship election in Anambra State.
The oil magnate was also the brain behind the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), which endorsed PDP presidential candidate in the 2015 general elections, former President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid.
In January 2017, Uba was reported to have defected to APC.
Section 49(4) of the PDP Constitution, 2012 (as amended) states that: “No member of the Party shall be qualified for nomination or election or appointment into any of the offices of the Party, unless he has been a registered member for not less than two years, and is of good financial standing in the Party, except there is a waiver by the appropriate Executive Committee”.
Explaining why he was cleared despite spending less than two years in the party, Waziri explained that Uba had already applied for waiver at the ward level, adding that this would be ratified by the National Executive Committee (NEC).
The Chairman said Ufodike was disqualified because he has a dual citizenship of Nigeria and Canada, in contravention of Section 182(1) of the 1999 Constitution.
While explaining that the decision of the committee was unanimous, Waziri, however, said those dissatisfied with its outcome could appeal before the party’s National Caretaker Committee.