A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State on Thursday adopted Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as its candidate for the November 18 poll in the state.
The faction, led by a former state chairman of the party, Ken Emeakayi, is serving a four year suspension from the national leadership of the party.
Addressing some members of the party at the Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre, Awka, Emeakayi said their support for APGA was informed by what he called an imposition of a governorship candidate, Oseloka Obaze, on members of the party in the state by the national leaders of the party.
He said they had written to the party’s national Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, giving the party a five-day ultimatum to substitute Obaze as the party’s candidate or risk members in the state withdrawing their support for him.
Emeakayi added that Obaze was not a registered member of the party in his ward before he emerged as the party’s candidate.
He added that supporting Obaze would be labouring in futility as he would risk being removed in court by rival parties, stressing that “there is enough evidence to show that he is not qualified to contest the election.”