OrderPaperToday – The tale of woes for some ranking Enugu lawmakers in the 9th House of Representatives continued Tuesday, as more results emerged from the primaries of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) nationwide.
Lots of upsets had been recorded following the primary elections for the State and National Assembly seats conducted between Sunday and Monday, with ranking members of parliament failing to secure return tickets.
Prominent among the lawmakers in the House of Representatives is its Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu, representing Oji River/Awgu/Aninri Federal Constituency who lost the party’s ticket to one Anayo Onwuegbu.
He is however said to have condemned and rejected the process.
First elected into the federal parliament in 2011 under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Okechukwu has held several positions in the Green Chamber; including as Vice-Chairman of the Ethics & Privileges Committee.
He has also been a member of various committees such as Culture & Tourism, Justice, Steel, Pension, and Appropriations. He notably chaired the Committee on Works and Housing in the Eighth National Assembly.
Pat Asadu loses fifth term bid at the Green Chamber
Similarly, a fourth-term member of the House, Patrick Asadu representing Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South Federal Constituency, lost to Vita Abba; a former chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
The ambition of Asadu; a medical doctor by profession to return for a fifth term met stiff opposition, especially among delegates from Nsukka Local Government who felt occupancy of the seat should be reshuffled.
He was thus beaten to third place at the party primary election held on Sunday in Nsukka; polling two votes, behind Clinton Isiwu; the runner-up who scored 11 votes, and Abba with 91 votes out of the 111 votes cast at the election.
According to Chinedu Onu, the Returning Officer, the other aspirants Chidi Obetta, Aniegbulam Ezeugwu, and Chukuemeka Asogwa all got one vote each while four of the votes were invalidated.
Abba in his acceptance speech expressed appreciation to the delegates for voting for him and promised that he would not disappoint the party if elected at the 2023 general elections.
Chief of Staff to Enugu Governor defeats incumbent lawmaker
In a similar fashion, Dennis Amadi representing Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency also lost out in the bid to secure a return ticket.
According to the reports from the primary election which also had Cecelia Ezeilo; the State Deputy Governor as an Aspirant, Festus Uzor, the Chief of Staff to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, triumphed as winner of the poll.
4 Lawmakers at the Green Chamber secure return tickets
While it wasn’t all songs of lamentations for the returning lawmakers, Cornelus Nnaji, the lawmaker representing Enugu East/Isi-Uzo Federal Constituency secured a return ticket to contest the 2023 National Assembly elections.
Rep. Offor Chukwuegbo, the lawmaker representing Enugu North/Enugu South Federal Constituency; Martin Oke, representing Igbo-Etiti/Uzo- Uwani Federal Constituency and Simeon Atigwe, representing Igbo-Eze North/Udenu all won return tickets.