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Big crowd welcomes PDP governorship aspirants in Awka

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UNPRECEDENTED crowd of supporters of the
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from the 326
wards in Anambra State yesterday held Awka to
a standstill during a rally organized by the
leadership of the party to welcome its
governorship aspirants recently cleared to go for the primaries that would produce its flag
bearer for the November 16 governorship
election. Apart from Senator Andy Uba who was
conspicuously absent, 11 aspirants of the party
addressed the mammoth crowd that included
stakeholders from within and outside the state,
including the former Senate President, Senator
Adolphus Wabara. It was gathered that while the rally was going
on at Ekwueme Square, Senator Uba was
holding another one at the Emmaus House in
another part of Awka. The aspirants that graced the occasion include
the former State Chairman of the party, Chief
Tony Nwoye, who was earlier said to have been
disqualified; Presidential Adviser on Technical
Matters, Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo; Dr. Obinna
Uzor, Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu, Senator Emma Anosike, Mrs. Josephine Anenih, Mr.
Sylvester Okonkwo and Chief Walter Okeke.
Also in attendance were Chief Ugochukwu
Okeke, Chief Charles Odunukwe and Dr. Alex
Obiogbolu. Tony Nwoye,Ugochukwu Okeke, while
addressing the supporters said they were not
disqualified as reported by a section of the
media. However, Saturday Vanguard gathered that the
Screening Appeal Panel headed by former
governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Mahmud
Aliyu Shinkafi that was to meet earlier, will now
meet on Tuesday with the disqualified
aspirants, including the duo and others. Addressing party supporters, the state
chairman of PDP national secretariat, Prince
Kenneth Emeakayi, said that the war which
almost crippled PDP in the state has ended,
adding that the import of the rally was to unveil
the PDP aspirants to the party faithful before the ward congresses would be held on Monday. He said that PDP would eventually select the
deputy to the governorship candidate and
assured that the primaries would be free and
fair. Emeakayi also urged the national leadership of
the party to convey the message from the
Anambra State branch to President Goodluck
Jonathan that he must fly the PDP flag for the
presidency in 2015. The aspirants were given two minutes each to
talk to the crowd and they all informed the
people the reason for seeking the office of
governor.
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