From Okey Sampson, Umuahia

Abia state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has announced new date for fresh governorship primary election in the state.

The fresh primary was occasioned by the death of her former governorship candidate, Prof Uche Ikonne last Wednesday.

A statement to this effect signed by Abraham Amah, Abia PDP Vice Chairman/Acting State Publicity Secretary said the development was as a result of directive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which he said relied upon the provisions of the New Electoral Act on the replacement of candidates arising from death.

The statement said that Saturday, February 4, 2023, has been chosen for the date for the fresh primary election and will start by 10:00 am at the Umuahia Township Stadium, Umuahia.

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“Consequent upon the above, all interested aspirants are requested to collect Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms from the PDP Headquarters at Wadata Plaza, Wuse Abuja. 

“The sale of both forms begins today Friday January 27 and ends on Wednesday February 1, 2023. 

“The screening of aspirants will hold at the PDP National Headquarters,  Wadata Plaza Abuja, on Thursday February 2, 2023 at 11:00 am prompt. 

“All the aspirants are expected to present themselves to the State Working Committee, SWC, of the Abia PDP on Friday February 2, 2023 at the State Secretariat, Finbars Street, Umuahia by 12: 00 pm”, the statement added.

Amah said further directives from the State Party Secretariat would be communicated when necessary.