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Ndubueze Shocks PDP, Drags Party, Okewulonu To Court Over Primaries

Charles Ugwu, the recently elected state chairman of the Imo state chapter of the PDP, appears to have received the first shock as the new chairman of the major opposition party in Imo.

This followed the lawsuit which one of the contenders of the Okigwe bye-election primaries, Patrick Ndubueze.

Information to this paper revealed that on the eve of the PDP primaries for Okigwe bye-election, Court Bailiff stormed the PDP Secretariat along Okigwe Road Owerri to serve the party ahead of its primaries the next day being Saturday.

This service on the party took place when workers at secretariat were said to have almost left offices which warranted the said bailiff dropping the suit with one of the junior staff and left without even acknowledgment from the said staff.

Information from the PDP office hinted this paper though the said letter or suit would be opened by today being Monday hence the content is yet to be known by the party members.

However, this paper authoritatively gathered that Ndubueze went to court on the alleged grounds that PDP leadership had instructed the Delegates to vote his opponent, Okewulonu against him, an act he Ndubueze viewed as undemocratic.

Meanwhile, the Imo PDP has denied knowledge of any lawsuit against the party and its candidate for Okigwe polls slated for October 31st.

In a release signed by the state publicity Secretary, Ogubundu Nwadike and made available to Lead, he made it clear that the party is unaware of any suit emanating from Ndubueze

The attention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State has been drawn to the reports on social media, credited to one of its aspirants in the now-concluded primaries for the Imo North Senatorial Bye-election, Hon. Patrick Ndubueze, where he claimed that he did not participate in the primaries and that he has filed a suit challenging the process of the primaries. For purpose of clarity the party hereby states as follows:

That in compliance with the INEC timetable and schedule for the Imo North Senatorial bye-election to be held on the 31st October 2020, the PDP made a publication wherein it called on all qualified persons who intend to seek the party’s nomination to purchase the appropriate nomination forms.

That at the end of exercise two prominent sons of Okigwe Zone, Hon. Patrick Ndubueze C. and Chief Emmanuel Okewulonu purchased the Nomination Forms. They went through the screening processes and were cleared to contest for the party primaries slated for 5th September 2020.

That the Engr. Charles Ugwuh-led executive held a meeting with the two aspirants and witnessed by their chosen aides and agents of trust, where they made an undertaking to accept the outcome of the primaries and to be bound by the outcome and to support whoever wins. In return, the party leadership made a promise for a hitch-free, fair, and primaries.

That the primaries held as scheduled on 5th September 2020 between the two candidates who had gone through all the processes and were cleared to contest at the primaries.

That Hon. Patrick Ndubueze paid all the necessary fees and participated in the primaries scoring 27 votes against his rival Chief Emmanuel Okewulonu who scored 609 votes to emerge the winner. The party is therefore shocked at his sudden summersault and claim that he did not participate in the primaries.

That Hon. Patrick Ndubueze even tried to prevail on the party leadership to compel his co-aspirant to withdraw and make way for him to stand alone and be adopted as a sole aspirant of the party. However, the Party refused and insisted on giving all aspirants equal opportunity to compete at an open and transparent primary election.

That the PDP hereby reiterates that the demand of Hon. Ndubueze that he be adopted as the sole candidate of the party amounted to a breach of the Party’s constitution and would engender injustice to the other aspirant especially when he is resolute on contesting.

That the Party, therefore, finds it strange that Hon. Ndubueze whose attempt to prevail on the party to use same Party delegates to adopt him as its sole candidate would turn around claiming to be dissatisfied with the processes of the delegate congresses which culminated in the primary election.

That, however, the Charles Ugwuh-led State Executive has vowed to take all necessary steps to reconcile those who are not happy with the outcome of the primaries, especially now that a winner has emerged.

That the PDP, Imo State reaffirms its respect for Hon. Patrick Ndubueze and would urge him to accept the call by the PDP flag bearer for the Imo North Senatorial bye-election to join him to move Okigwe zone forward.

Finally, that the PDP has no record of service of any Court process or suit from Hon. Patrick Ndubueze and cannot comment on something that has not been served on it.

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