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Senator Samuel Anyanwu who is the National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has emerged as the governorship candidate of the opposition party ahead of the 11th of November Governorship Election in Imo State.
This followed the PDP’s primary held on Wednesday the party’s primary in its state secretariat along the Okigwe Road in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
Off-cycle governorship elections are expected to hold in Bayelsa, Kogi and Imo states on the 11th of November this year.
According to the State Organising Secretary of the PDP, Lawrence Biado, the seven-man electoral panel constituted by the National Working Committee headed by Kenneth Okon is present to monitor the primary in Imo.
However, a former Governor of the state, Emeka Ihedioha, was conspicuously absent. Ihedioha had weeks ago pulled out from the PDP governorship race.
Anyanwu is expected to challenge the reelection of Governor Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In January 2020, the Supreme Court sacked Ihedioha as the governor of Imo State after barely seven months in office.
Ihedioha had in a letter to the PDP National Chairman, dated March 27 which was obtained by The Eastern Updates, cited personal sacrifice and for ‘a consensus candidate’ of the party as reasons for dropping out of the race.
The consequence of his withdrawal is that the PDP National Secretary, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, is now the sole candidate for the party primary slated for April 14 and the gubernatorial poll scheduled for November.