IPOB’s Stay-At-Home Force PDP To Delay South East Primaries

ipob's stay at home force pdp to delay south east primaries
ipob’s stay at home force pdp to delay south east primaries

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was unable to hold its primaries in the South-East states on Monday due to the Indigenous People of Biafra’s enforced sit-at-home (IPOB).

Although Emma Powerful, the spokesperson for IPOB, consistently claimed that the sit-at-home order had been lifted, gunmen have continued to terrorise and kill those who disobey it.

The senatorial primary in Abia has been postponed due to insecurity.

In Abia State, the PDP has postponed the party’s senate primaries, unresolved House of Representatives polls, and state House of Assembly nominations, citing insecurity.

Elder Amah Abraham, vice-chairman of the state, said in a statement that the party delayed the poll by 24 hours owing to “the current security situation in the South East.”

The party informed the public, stakeholders, delegates, and PDP members that senatorial primaries would be held at midday in the three senatorial zones.

Abraham stated that the unresolved elections for the five federal districts and the three state districts would also be held today at only the authorised places.

Anambra 3-man Adhoc delegates’ election holds Tuesday

In Anambra State, the party has been unable to hold its primaries due to a controversy surrounding the delegates’ congress.

The delegate election originally scheduled for April 30 was later moved to May 1 by a committee led by Jibrin Ahmed.

On the rescheduled day, however, the election was cancelled when it was revealed that the panel members had arrived without the original result sheet.

The three-person ad hoc delegate election should have been held yesterday to allow the party to conduct its primary today, but it did not occur due to the state’s Monday sit-at-home policy.

SHAUNTV NEWS has learned that the party’s delegates’ congress will be held today in preparation for the primaries next week.

Conflict in Ebonyi

The primaries did not take place in Ebonyi because officials and party members feared for their safety due to the sit-in.

Senator Obinna Ogba, who represents Ebonyi Central and is a PDP candidate for governor, confirmed this to the press.

Today, the exercise is anticipated to restart.

Toochwu Okorie’s proposal to hold the delegates’ congress today instead of the previously scheduled primaries has sparked debate regarding the behaviour.

After being removed by a Federal High Court in Abuja and replaced by Silas Onu, the Court of Appeal confirmed Okorie the legitimate state chairman of the party yesterday.

Monday evening, he told Journalist that the primaries for the House of Representatives and Senate would be held on Wednesday.

However, Onu asserted in a statement posted Monday evening that he was still the state chairman and that Senate primaries will be held today.


In Imo State, where the sit-in prevented the party from conducting its primaries, the situation has not changed.

Residents of Owerri and its environs stayed at home to comply with the edict, leaving the city’s streets and surrounding areas entirely vacant.

As candidates for the West African School Certificate Examination were required to spend the night in their classrooms in order to sit for the exam, all stores, schools, and commercial centres were closed.

Meanwhile, the opposition PDP’s suspended primary is slated to take place today.

The Three-person ad hoc delegates Congress would hold today before to Wednesday’s scheduled primaries.

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