In apparent reversal of an earlier report, the PDP screening committee clears Chief Valentine Ozigbo, former Anambra State governorship flagbearer, to contest the Senate election.
Ozigbo aspires to represent Anambra South District in the Senate. Initial reports suggested that the Committee hammered him for late submission of nomination forms.
The Committee also cleared Dr. Obinna Uzor for the party’s upcoming primaries contest.
Besides Ozigbo and Uzor, others cleared by the 5-person Committee included serving Senators Uche Ekwunife and Stella Oduah.
The rest are Chief Chris Ubah, Ezebiakwa Peace, Chiefs Tony Nwoye and John Emeka.
However, Chief Chuma Nzeribe remains under the hammer for allegedly giving false information.
Nzeribe was disqualified by the Committee based on a legal issue he is sorting out in a law court.
Even though declared wanted by a court, the Committe said Nzeribe denied that he ever faced trial in any court of law.
Consequently the Committee accused him of attempting to mislead the party over his court case. They noted that he “jumped bail and was declared wanted.”
“We have in our possession, a Court Order in Charge No. CR/791/2020, between FRN v. Hon. Chuma Nzeribe, before Hon. Justice Y. Halilu.
“On December 17, 2020, Hon. Chuma Nzeribe was admitted to bail, after he pleaded not guilty to the charges on December 16, 2020.
“He subsequently breached the bail terms and jumped bail,” the Committee wrote in its report.
Chief Sunny Udeh Okoye, former National Youth leader, led the five-man screening committee. Others were Committee Secretary, Eddy Izondu, Dr Angela Mba, Dr Innocent Nwankwo, and Alhaji Rukayat Ibrahim.
Cover photo: Chief SKC Ude Okoye
Anambra PDP clears Ozigbo for Senate Contest