Peter Obi

Anayo Okolie

Former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has again been advised not to damage the little political record he has built over the years; following his desire to participate in the Anambra Central rerun.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu had annulled the Anambra Central senatorial election ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a rerun within 90 days. According to a chieftain of the party in a statement, Dr. Emeka Okoro, INEC had fixed the rerun for March 5, but because of the prolonged legal battle which trailed the leadership of the Anambra chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, the commission decided to exclude the PDP from participating in the rerun despite the January 29, Supreme Court judgment which recognised Ejike Oguebego as the PDP Chairman of the state.

In order to avoid another legal battle, Okoro said INEC was ordered to include PDP in the Anambra Central senatorial re-run scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2016, which was postponed indefinitely. Announcing the postponement at stakeholders’ meeting at the Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka, he said the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Lawrence Azubuike said the decision followed a court order obtained by the PDP that it should be included in the exercise.

Okoro said the only candidate expected to be included in the rerun is Senator Annie Okonkwo. He advised all PDP members including Peter Obi, to support Okonkwo, saying that it would help the party in the next governorship election.