The stage is now set to see who will get the ticket of the United Progressive Party (UPP) in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State.
The seeming battle will be between a two term member of the House of Representatives, Chudi Offodile; and a former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Osita Chidoka.
Both men have been screened and cleared after they picked the party’s nomination form and fulfilled all requirements of the party to contest for the ticket.
Chidoka, who is also a former Minister of Aviation, had earlier decamped from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the UPP.
A number of pundits feel he may have made the move in fear that the PDP ticket would be beyond his reach given the heavyweights he has to contend with.
Many are also optimistic that he may just clinch the UPP ticket given the less popular opponent he has to contend with in the UPP.
National Publicity Secretary of the UPP, Ogbuehi Dike said in a statement in Abuja over the weekend, said “Following the report of the Screening Committee, the Party can now confirm that Hon. Chudi Offodile and Chief Osita Chidoka are eligible to participate in its Primary Election scheduled to hold on Saturday 19th August 2017, at Awka, Anambra State.
“We wish to seize this opportunity to reassure all the members of our great Party and the general public that in compliance with our commitment and pledge the Primary Election shall be transparent, credible and a level playing ground provided for all the accredited delegates and aspirants contesting for the Party gubernatorial ticket.”
Chidoka, like many politicians of late, have tried to identify with growing agitations for a state of Biafra from the South East part of the country.
It would be recalled that he personally picked up and drove leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) when the former was released form Kuje prison recently.
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