Ebonyi PDP Crisis: 28th, 29th primaries remain valid, NEC insists

By Charles Onyekwere, Abakaliki

A Chieftain of the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi State, Mr Silas Onu, has affirmed that the party’s primaries held on 4th and 5th June, 2022, in the state remain valid.

Ọnụ, in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen in Abakaliki on Friday, said the National Executive Committee of the party has unequivocally stamped and approved the names submitted by the Party to INEC for candidates of various offices ranging from Houses of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate, Gubernatorial and Presidential elections come 2023.

He further stated that in Ebonyi State, with the recent Court of Appeal decision in the appeal by Senator Joseph Obinna Ogba, the Court emphatically held that it is the political party that has the option of who it intends to sponsor as a candidate for election.

“Where there are two primaries, the party can decide which of the two it intends to rely on.

“By the decision of NEC yesterday, on the 8th of September, 2022 and especially at paragraph 6 of the communique released afterwards, it is abundantly clear that the party has decided to work with the primary elections of 28 & 29 of May, 2022.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the particular resolution in the published communique reads: ‘NEC unanimously ratified the list of candidates of the PDP as submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’ by the NWC.”

According to the statement, the names submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by the NWC are those of the primaries conducted on 28th and 29th May, 2022.

“For the purpose of further emphasis, May I, once again, refer to a holding in the Court of Appeal decision in the appeal by Sen. Joseph Obinna Ogba delivered on 1st September, 2022 to the effect that neither the Court nor INEC can decide a candidate for the political party. So, the PDP has decided and very clearly too.

Read Also: Abductors of A’ Ibom school principal demand N50m ransom

“The implication of the decision of NEC is to ratify the decisions and actions of the NWC regarding the names sent to INEC. It is important to mention here that pursuant to Section 31 (3) of the PDP constitution, 2017 (as amended), the decision of the National Executive Committee SHALL be binding on all organs and members of the Party.

The Chieftain, who recently approached the apex court to challenge his removal by the Appeal Court as Ebonyi State PDP Chairman, added that the primaries conducted by him still remain valid as the window by INEC for substitution of names has already closed against any political party for the 2023 elections.

He added that only a specific Order by a Court of competent jurisdiction acting on an action duly filed within the constitutional timeframe of 14 days after the cause of action arose, can alter the names already submitted and such an order must be directed at INEC, not PDP.


“Finally, it is my earnest expectation that all thise, who participated in the unlawful primaries of 4th and 5th June, 2022, will, by now, realize that the ship has sailed and found a new path to pursue, politically.

“This issue is already over and it is in the interest of their mental and physical health for each of them to face reality and quit acts of self-deception.

He, therefore lauded all candidates for the Houses of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate and especially the Gubernatorial Candidate , Dr Chukwuma Ifeanyi Odii.

Click on The Trumpet and follow us on our Twitter page for more:

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button
A note to our visitors

This website has updated its privacy policy in compliance with changes to European Union data protection law, for all members globally. We’ve also updated our Privacy Policy to give you more information about your rights and responsibilities with respect to your privacy and personal information. Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our updated privacy policy.