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As political matters heat up for the 2023 general elections, Senator Obinna Ogba, who is a factional Governorship Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi, has finally nominated Dr Oliver Osi as his running mate after giving in to pressures to chose a running mate.
Oliver Osi who is currently a lawmaker representing the Ivo State Constituency in the Ebonyi House of Assembly had been chosen as a Governorship candidate after the primaries.
His nomination had been conveyed in a letter dated June 22 and addressed to Senator Iyiorcha Ayu, who is the National Chairman of PDP.
Ogba, who is representing Ebonyi Central Senatorial Zone in the Senate, said Osi’s nomination was in compliance with provisions of the 1999 Nigeria Constitution..
The letter read: “In compliance with Section 187(1) and (2) of the 1999 Nigeria Constitution, as amended, the electoral guidelines and the PDP guidelines, I write to convey my nomination of Dr Oliver Osi as the deputy governorship candidate of our great party in the 2023 general election.
“His nomination is the outcome of detailed and wide ranging consultations with party stakeholders in the state. I have no doubt that his inclusion will add strong electoral value to our ticket.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ogba was elected the PDP governorship candidate in primary the election conducted by a faction led by Mr Tochukwu Okorie on June 5.
However, in another report, an Abakaliki Federal High Court earlier in June nullified the primary election conducted by the Ogba group and upheld the primaries conducted by Mr Silas Onu’s led faction.