Abuja - The Chairman of the PDP in Anambra, Ken Emeakayi, announced on Wednesday that 26 aspirants had indicated their interest to contest the state's governorship election, slated for Nov. 26.
Emeakayi told newsmen in Abuja that the party's aspirants would emerge after the nomination forms had been paid for by the aspirants.
Those aspiring to contest the election include: Sen. Andy Uba, Josephine Anenih, Nicholas Ukachukwu, Tony Nwoye, Sen. Emmanuel Anosike, Obinna Uzor, Akachukwu Nwankpo, Agape Dike-Kramer Chuwuka Onyema among others.
Emeakayi said that PDP would not allow imposition of candidates on party members, ahead of the election, adding that all aspirants would go through a transparent primary election.
The chairman also ruled out the possibility of a consensus arrangement in the state.
He said that he was at the party secretariat to meet with all the aspirants to discuss how to reconcile and bring the different factions within the party together before the party's primaries.
Emeakayi alleged that the reconciliation between Gov. Peter Obi and the National Chairman of All Progressive Grand Alliance, Victor Umeh was as a result of the threat posed by the PDP in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the PDP national leadership on July 29, announced Emeakayi as the substantive Chairman of the party in Anambra.
According to a statement by the party's Acting National Publicity Secretary, Tony Okeke, the decision followed comprehensive consultations with major stakeholders in the state.
It added that the party`s desire to have a strong and united party to effectively reposition its fortunes at the forthcoming governorship election informed the party’s choice.