Barrister Sharon Ikeazor was upheld as the APC senatorial candidate for Anambra Central at the expense of Senator Uche Ekwunife who was declared as a “fair-weather-hen” by a five-member screening committee headed by Osita Okechukwu.
Ekwunife was recently sacked as the senator representing Anambra Central by the National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal. She defected from the PDP to the APC soon after and made a controversial bid for her State’s senatorial ticket on the platform of her new party.
A screening committee was put together to parse through the eligibility of both candidates and Ekwunife was found ineligible.
Said the APC screening committee of Ekwunife: “Most importantly, our deep concern is her record which showed that she dumps political parties at will, leaving the parties in its wake factionalized – from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), to Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), back to PDP or vice versa and now to APC.
“She is more or less a fair-weather-hen, therefore her antecedent contravenes Section 4(3) of the 2014 Guideline for Nomination of Candidate for Public Office. Caution is valour.”
The report further added that “The committee found that Aspirant Senator Uche Lilian Ekwunife is ineligible to seek the APC nomination for the Senatorial election”.
Ekwunife and her supporters were not going to give up without a fight, though. Even though she had been declared ineligible by her new party for the primary contest, she garnered most of the votes in a primary election held in darkness. That election was declared “inconclusive”.
Chairman of the Primary committee, Senator Dagogo, however proceeded to secure the “Yes” vote for Sharon Ikeazor.
Leadership newspaper reports that Ekwunife’s supporters held Dagogo hostage, insisting he should invalidate the report of the committee and declare their candidate winner, but Dagogo stuck to his guns, a development that turned the atmosphere rowdy, even as Ikeazor was declared winner unopposed.