Under the aegis of the Labour Party (LP), Oluchukwu Ajulufo, a journalist, has emerged as one of the governorship candidates in the upcoming November 18 election in Anambra.
On Saturday, September 2, Mrs Ajulufo was nominated by affirmative action and unanimous votes of the 64-member delegate at the primary election of the LP.
She is the second female to emerge as governorship candidate in the state, after Kate Okafor of African Conscience Democrat (ACD).
According to NAN, the national chairman of LP, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, who declared Mrs Ajulufo winner of the primaries, expressed satisfaction with the process.
Abdusalam also urged aggrieved party members to file their petitions with the party and assured them that the party’s leadership would act on them.
“We are ideological and social democrats and we do not impose candidates or carry out selective justice,” he said.
In her remarks, Mrs Ajulufo commended the exercise and said:
“If elected, I will ensure security of lives and property, employment opportunities for youths and women and robust agricultural programmes to make the state the food basket of the nation, among others.”
However, Okey Enemuo, another aspirant at the primaries expressed dissatisfaction with the outcome of the exercise, describing it as a “laughing stock”.
He said: “As far as I am concerned, no primary election held today.
“Throughout the time I prepared for this primary election and all through my campaigns in the wards, no one showed up to contest against me.
“I was supposed to be the consensus and only candidate but what we saw today is laughable.
“Ajulufo never declared interest; otherwise, she should show evidence of payment for the forms.
“Besides, she is still a member of the national executive of the party, who has not even resigned her position. This is unethical and illegal.”
However, the commander of the Biafra Secret Service (BSS) recently inuagurated by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu has vowed that the scheduled Anambra election will not hold.
Kenneth Ezekwesiri said the election can only hold when all the BSS officers are dead. Speaking during a solidarity march on Friday, September 1, in some communities in Ebonyi state, Ezekwesiri said the BSS stand by Kanu’s declaration that election will not take place in Anambra.