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ANAMBRA 2017: Oduah alleges irregularities & sabotage in PDP, threatens to withdraw

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Senator Stella Oduah, one of the aspirants cleared by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to contest for the party’s ticket towards the 2017 Anambra governorship election, has Friday threatened to withdraw from the forthcoming primary.

Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, Oduah alleged that the ward congress of the party which was held on Wednesday to elect three delegates per ward was fraught with “irregularities and sabotage’’.

She further stated that the process was marred by hijacking of electoral materials and distortion of submitted results.

“The exercise violated all known principles of democratic practice. Several complaints have continued to trail the exercise as most party faithful are disgruntled and agitated’’, Oduah said.

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She revealed that she had petitioned the National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party, Ahmed Makarfi, over the matter and threatened to withdraw from the primary if the issues were not addressed.

“Based on the above, I wrote to notify the chairman of my protest and intention to withdraw from the 2017 gubernatorial primaries in Anambra if the party fails to address the issues presented.

“This is because the approach employed for the party primary is not aimed at winning the election.

“The implication of this is to subject loyal party faithful to stressful and rancorous primary to weaken and sap the strength of candidate that will emerge from the exercise.

“It should be recalled that this has been the reason our party has been losing gubernatorial elections in Anambra’’, she said.

 

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