As the preparation for the 2015 general election hots up, Anambra State chapter of the Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, yesterday, conducted its primaries for the selection of its House of Assembly candidates with a former commissioner, Lady Henrrietta Agbata and seven other aspirants losing in Awka Constituency One.
The House of Assembly primaries, conducted with delegates drawn from wards officers and the three-man delegates earlier elected from the applicable wards were held in designated venues in the thirty constituencies for the State House of Assembly.
Already, the House of Assembly Election Committee led by Professor Bernard Odoh, which supervised the exercise across the state, had in Awka, denied the allegation that the delegates lists that were used for the exercise were doctored.
‘’Although there were reports of some alleged lapses that trailed the exercise in some areas like the Aguata and Anaocha, the exercise was generally peaceful in the entire state,’’ the committee said.
The programme in the Awka Constituency One, took place at the BarnHill Resort and Park, Awka, the state capital, where delegates drawn from the applicable nine wards voted for their preferred candidates at about three o’clock in the afternoon at the end of which Dr Nnamdi Nnamdi Okafor was declared winner with 30 votes.
Other aspirants who took part in the contest for the ticket of the Awka South Constituency One include Obiora Okafor, Mr Onyema Okey, Mrs Chukwuogor, Mr Nwobu Gozie and Lady Henrietta Agbata.
Addressing journalists on the import of their assignment at the premises of BarnHill Resort and Park, the Election Committee Chairman, Professor Odoh flanked by other members, said allegation that the delegates lists were manipulated in favour of some candidates was baseless and false.
Odoh stated that they were in the state to conduct free, fair and credible primaries that would be accepted by the interested parties.
He gave insight into the details of what they would do in Anambra, saying,” We arrived yesterday and today we have met the various returning officers who are to work on this project, what we are doing now is to go round the various constituencies and monitor the voting”. -NationalMirror