A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Ikechukwu Bonaventure, has petitioned the National Chairman of the party, Prince Secondus, over the candidature for Anambra South Senatorial District.
In the petition, Bonaventure observed that no candidate’s name has been submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) following alleged controversy surrounding the educational qualification of the winner of the primary.
He said three people contested for the Anambra South ticket, Chief Chris Uba, Dr. Obinna Uzoh and Chuma Nzeribe, but during the screening, only one of the aspirants was cleared in Awka.
He said one of the aspirants was cleared by the appeal panel, while the third was cleared in Abuja.
Bonaventure said the PDP should explain why aspirants would circumvent the screening committee if all was well with them.
He said having realised that the winner of the senatorial ticket allegedly did not present his school certificate, what PDP should do is to present the name of the person who came second.
“One is rather embarrassed at the strange yawning absence of a senatorial candidate as duly submitted for Anambra South at the INEC headquarters in Abuja. The true meaning of this anomalous situation, if not urgently corrected to the letters of the electoral law and practice, would have grave implications for the people of my zone,” he said.
Expressing dissatisfaction over the outcome of the primary, he said: “The exalted office of the national chairman regretfully failed to ensure that aspirants are adequately screened to ensure a strict adherence to the statutory educational requirements for vying for the Senate.
“As a result, one that emerged from your primaries was lost and remains so, ever since he found out that INEC and security operatives needed to be certain that the statutory educational qualification was met before one assumes the status of a zonal candidate.”
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He alleged that the winner, afraid that he may not be accepted, wants to substitute his name with another person.
“The very aspirant knew he was not qualified to run and refused to be screened in Awka. If the seeming inordinate aspirant has no statutory qualification, the system and other aspirants cannot be made to wait for him to go to secondary school and sit for the required examination to obtain the said school certificate.
“The party must submit the name of the person who emerged second provided the person has the required statutory qualification, so we can move on,” he said.