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2023: How defeated PDP chieftains are scrambling for LP ticket in Ebonyi
. Ogba’s camp most hit by defection
By Ebenezer Oji,
Some chieftains of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who lost out in the 2022 party primaries, have been fingered in new moves to join the Labour Party (LP), a new political movement linked to the Anambra State former governor, Mr. Peter Obi, who is the presidential candidate.
Those identified in the new move to join the Labour Party include some party stalwarts in the Senator Obinna Ogba’s camp.
They include Hon Linus Okorie, who represented Ohaozara/ Onicha/ Ivo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives; and Engr Henry Ude (AJIMBEST).
Okorie and Ude are battling over the Senatorial ticket of Ebonyi South zone, having lost out to the incumbent Senator, Mike Nnachi, during the PDP primaries.
A reliable source told our correspondent that Senator Ogba’s attempts to get the ticket of the Labour Party to run for the Governorship of the state after losing to Dr Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odi in the PDP primaries hit the rocks.
Another PDP stalwart mentioned in the report is Engr Fidelis Nwankwo, who was slugging it out with Arch Edward Nkwoegu (EDON) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the struggle for the Labour Party Governorship ticket.
It was gathered that EDON was having an upper hand as at press time.
However, others who have been accommodated by the Labour Party arrangement include Mr Anselem Enigwe, a PDP chieftain from Ebonyi LGA, who has been tipped to run for the Ebonyi North Senatorial District under the Labour Party.
Our correspondent also gathered that a faction of the Sen Obinna Ogba camp met in Abakaliki on Saturday and vowed to remain in PDP, saying that they were ready to commence reconciliation moves with the PDP Governorship candidate, Dr Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odi, soon just as the deadline for the final submission of candidates’ list draws to a close on Friday, July 15, 2022.