Ozigbo, ex-Transcorp boss, wins NWC-backed Anambra PDP guber primary



Valentine Chineto Ozigbo has won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election in Anambra state.


Ozigbo, a former chief executive officer of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria, secured 62 votes to emerge as the flagbearer of the party for the November 6 governorship election in the state.


Obiora Okonkwo scored a total of 58 votes to place second in the primary.


The exercise which saw Ozigbo emerge as the flagbearer is backed by the national working committee (NWC) of the party.


The result of the election was announced by Philip Shaibu, deputy governor of Edo state and secretary of the party’s electoral committee.


Earlier, the Chris Uba-led faction had organised its primary election at the University of St. Paul, Awka, capital of the state.


Ugochukwu Uba, a former senator, was elected governorship candidate of the primary conducted by the Anambra PDP faction.

Uba is a former senator representing Anambra south senatorial zone.


Anambra PDP has been enmeshed in internal wrangling of late, leading to the emergence of two factions of the party.


Recently, a federal high court sitting in Abuja sacked the party’s executive council at the state and LGAs levels.


On June 9, the court dismissed three applications filed by the national office of the PDP and two others for a stay of judgement pending the determination of the appeal.


The court also directed the party to use the November 2017 delegates in conducting its governorship primary election.


On Friday, the national leadership of the PDP dissolved all its executives in Anambra and directed its south-east zonal caretaker committee to oversee the management of the chapter.


Also, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that it will comply with the judgement of the high court on the sacking of the executives.


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