PDP Wins All Chairmanship, Councilorship Seats In Ebonyi LG Polls

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A file photo of chairs at the venue of a PDP congress.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won all the chairmanship and councilorship seats in the elections conducted in the 13 local government areas (LGAs) of Ebonyi State.

The Chairman of the Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC), Jossy Eze, announced this on Sunday in Abakaliki, the state capital.

He disclosed that among the 13 political parties that participated in the polls conducted on Saturday, the candidates of the PDP won all the 13 LGAs and cleared the 171 wards in the state.

Eze explained that EBSIEC adopted the chairmanship results for the 13 LGAs as announced by various LGA returning officers, as well as the councillorship results announced at the 171 electoral wards.

He commended all stakeholders involved in the conduct of the elections, especially the contestants for their spirit of sportsmanship.

A map of Ebonyi, a state in south-east Nigeria.

 

The EBSIEC boss also thanked the state government “for not interfering in the conduct of the elections,” noting that this helped in making the polls credible, free, and fair.

He said, “The elections have been won and lost, but the victory is for everybody who participated in the elections.

“The winners should carry everybody along and everyone should contribute to delivering democratic dividends to people at the grassroots, which the local government areas represent.”

In the poll conducted in Abakaliki LGA, Emmanuel Nwangele was declared the winner of the chairmanship position while Obiageri Oko-Enyim, Eni Uduma, Chinyere Nwogbaga, won the chairmanship seats in Afikpo North, Afikpo South, and Ebonyi LGAs respectively.

Similarly, Dr Nora Alo won the chairmanship seat in Ezza North LGA, while EBSIEC declared Kenneth Eze, Stephen Orogwu, Henry Eze, and Onyebuchi Ogbadu as the chairmen-elect in Ezza South, Ikwo, Ishiellu, and Ivo LGAs.

Others who won the chairmanship seats in the polls included Paul Nwogha (Izzi LGA), Chinyere Iyioku (Ohaozara LGA), Clement Odah (Ohaukwu LGA), and Felix Igboke (Onicha LGA).

Bode George Withdraws From PDP Chairmanship Race

A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees, Chief Bode George, has announced his withdrawal from the  PDP Chairmanship race.

Chief George made this announcement at a conference on Friday night in Abuja. He raises concerns about the fallout of the outcome of the convention.

Giving reasons for his withdrawal from the race, George said the South West is already cheated with the entrants of aspirants from the South-South.

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He stands with the micro-zoning principal of the party, which has been jettisoned

George also accused the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike of undermining members of the PDP in the Soputh West on a national Television when he said the South West has never contributed anything meaningful to the success of the PDP.

He was one of the candidates cleared for the contest at the national convention of the party set to hold in Abuja tomorrow.

Chief Bode George during the announcement in Abuja, on Friday night.

2019 Election: South-West Chair Crucial To PDP’s Win – Fani-Kayode

Femi Fani-Kayode, Ayodele Fayose, EFCC
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A former Director-General of the Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode has said that the chances of the opposition’s Peoples’ Democratic Party of winning the 2019 Presidential election are only hinged on the South-West zone producing the National Chairman slot of the party.

He made this known on while speaking to Channels Television’s Politics Today where he lamented that the zone is yet to produce the seat of the party.

The PDP chief said, “There was an agreement they would go to the South-West. Some were of the view that agreement no longer binds anybody, and others believe it should remain in the South-West. I believe strongly that it should remain in the South-West for a number of reasons.

“I believe at the end of the day it will if we are really serious about winning the election in 2019. I am happy to say that the Northern caucus of the party appears to share that view that it should be in the South-West simply because we have never had it before since the inception of the PDP.

“We have never had a National Chairman from the South-West and we need the numbers when it comes to an election but we will resolve this issue well before the convention. There will be a consensus and we will move forward together as one.

In the event that his zone fails the produce the party’s next Chairman, Mr Fani-Kayode said his people would be left with no other option but to cross the bridge when they get there.

“One of the things that I learnt at the early stage in this game is to try to avoid a hypothetical question. You are asking me what the reaction of the South-West will be if we don’t get the National Chairmanship. And I am saying to you that wisdom dictates we ought to.

“If we don’t get it, then we will cross that bridge when we get there. But I sincerely hope we are not brought to that impasse because it will be very difficult to our people in the South-West which probably has the second largest number of voters in the country.

“In the Presidential election, it will be difficult to explain to them why we don’t have the Presidency and why we would not have the National Chairmanship of the party and why we wouldn’t have the Vice-Presidency and why we would be left with nothing,” he added.