Assailed by knotty legal challenges and possibility that it may not feature on the ballot in the forthcoming Anambra State gubernatorial poll, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have initiated talks aimed at adopting an alternative political platform.
The Razor News gathered that the move is aimed at beating the July 30 deadline for withdrawal and replacement of candidates; and August 6 deadline for submission of nomination forms (EC13B) by political parties for the November 6 governorship poll in the state.
A chieftain of the party, told The Razor News that the party had been looking into issues surrounding the parallel governorship primary, which threw up Mr. Valentine Ozigbo and Senator Ugochukwu Uba as rival candidates for the November 6, 2021 governorship election in the state.
He disclosed that discreet investigation revealed that the crises in the major political parties in Anambra State are emanating from one source, adding that the party sees the refusal by a member of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Chris Uba, to withdraw multiple litigations against the party from the court as sinister and ill-motivated.
Although the party chieftain declared that details are being worked out by stakeholders, he explained that the emerging coalition involves members from across party lines to call the bluff of one family that insists on holding the state to ransom politically.
“We have barely two weeks to the deadline for the withdrawal and substitution of candidates for the Anambra poll. I think the popular stance of stakeholders of the party is to adopt another party as a SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) for a PDP candidate to participate in the election,” the source from Nasarawa State, remarked.
It would be recalled that Ozigbo and Uba obtained conflicting court orders mandating INEC to list them individually as PDP candidate for the Anambra governorship poll.
However, based on the fact that both judgments are from courts of coordinate jurisdictions, indicators emerged that the electoral commission, which meets tomorrow (Tuesday) is not disposed to acting on any, but to stick to the earlier order restraining it from listing neither as PDP’s candidate.
PDP, in a statement accused Justice O. A. Nwabunike of Anambra State High Court, of frustrating it in a desperate effort to delay appeal of his ruling, in which the court ordered INEC to accept no other candidate except Senator Ugochukwu Uba as PDP standard-bearer for the November 6, poll.
According to the statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP alerted Nigerians of “plots by Justice O.A Nwabunike to derail the course of justice by making away with the case file on the Senator Ugochukwu Uba Vs PDP & Others in a desperate bid to frustrate an appeal against his judgment on PDP Anambra State Governorship Primary Election.”
While urging Justice Nwabunike to immediately release the case file, PDP lamented that the compromises in the case are already public knowledge, especially to the people of Anambra State.
The party stated: “The only reason Justice Nwabunike disappeared with the case file and refused to make copies of his judgment available to the PDP and its candidate, Valentine Ozigbo, is because he (Justice Nwabunike) is aware that his perverted judgment cannot stand in any appeal.
“On July 5, 2021, an aspirant, Senator Ugochukwu Uba, who did not participate in the PDP primary, instituted a suit against the PDP, our candidate (Ozigbo) and INEC), wherein he challenged Ozigbo’s candidature for the November 6, 2021 governorship election.
“Barely 24 hours after Senator Uba instituted the suit, Justice Nwabunike curiously granted an ex parte injunction restraining INEC from carrying out their constitutional duty and also abridged the time within which the Defendants are legally obliged to file their defence from 42 days to only 3 days in violation of Order 16 Rule 1(2) of the Anambra State High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2019.