Chairman of the governorship primary, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, is already in Awka with members of his panel for the exercise.
One contestant, Dr. Offodike from Nnewi in Anambra South senatorial zone, has already withdrawn from the race, leaving six persons to slug it out in today’s contest. Among the contestants are Mr. Oseloka Obaze, Dr. Alex Obiogbolu, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah, Senator Stella Oduah and Lynda Ikpeazu.
State chairman of FCG, Pastor Emma Obiora, in a statement in Awka, weekend, said the group was worried that members of PDP had not learned their lessons from the crisis that denied the party the Anambra Government House for many years.
According to Obiora, the PDP leadership at the state and national levels should, immediately fish out those whose objective was to drag the party back at a time well-meaning members were determined to do everything humanly possible to move the party forward.
Obiora said: “The PDP, having come out of a protracted battle, should show a lot of good judgment as it did in Osun State, which led to the successful election of Senator Adeleke in that state, if it hopes to make headway in the struggle for the governorship of Anambra State.
“Anambra PDP should not forget in a hurry the mistakes of the past. The party has a large followership in Anambra, but some of their leaders and stakeholders are playing spoilers’ roles so that All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, government will survive.”
“It is on record that some political vampires have invaded Anambra State PDP in recent times because of the electioneering time-table to choose a flag bearer for the party. Information we got has it that some of the so-called wealthy political gladiators are being used to destabilize the PDP congresses and primaries in the state, which is most unfortunate.
“Some of them are known to have become agents of opponents of PDP in the state and are being used to overheat the polity and bent on presenting a weak PDP candidate for the governorship, just to weaken the chances of a more credible candidate.
“We of the Fresh Congress Group of PDP, who are tried and tested grass roots –based members of the party, are not happy with the news of bickering and brick bats being thrown around, thereby showing that PDP had not learned its lessons. The state and national leadership of our party should endeavour to give us a more credible and saleable candidate that should defeat other contestants from other political parties.”