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No anointed candidates for Ebonyi council election – PDP

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By Ruth Oginyi

Sequel to the Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission release of time table for local government and wards councillorship elections in the state, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ebonyi state chapter, has said that the party has not endorsed any aspirant for the elections.

The chairman of the party in the state, Barr Onyekachi Nwebonyi, made this known to journalists yesterday, during media interaction.
The party clarification is coming up even as the state House of Assembly, on Monday, approved the sum of N180 million for the April 2020 local government elections. The party said the state governor, Engr. David Umahi, has not also endorsed anybody in the elections, contrary to speculations, and assured its members of  transparent primaries to enable the electorate elect their leaders during  the elections.
According to him, People’s Democratic Party was poised to enthroning true democracy at the grassroot and would not compromise the election.
Nwebonyi promised that the party primaries for the elections would be free and fair to enable the people elect those that would represent them at the grassroot level in the next four years.
His words: “The rumour making the rounds that the party and, by extension, the leader of the party in the state, have anointed some aspirants for the forthcoming local government election in the state is completely far from the truth.
“The leader of the party never endorsed anyone. Instead, he encouraged all our members to contest for any position they are qualified to contest. He has not anointed anybody; the party has not endorsed anybody. The primaries will be free and fair and whoever the people want will have the mandate of the people. PDP want to enthrone true democracy beginning from the grass root and that is the only way our party can be strong.” Bar. Nwebonyi used the opportunity to commend the Independent National Election Commission for deregistering seventy-four political parties, who could not win election and have not performed well, according to the electoral act.

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