The former councilor Eleoha Ihechiowa ward 2 Chris Kalu Egbebu has emphasised that it was a painful decision to withdraw his case against his opponent in the October 5, 2018 primary election of the PDP for Arochukwu state Constituency in Abia State, stating that the extant laws of the party were not adhered to.
He said this on Friday when he featured on ABN TV’s talk show, “Talk Make I Talk”. In the primary education which produced Erick Asor Kalu as the winner, the former councilor insisted that he took the decision to withdraw the case from court in the interest of the party. “It’s a painful decision, this is something I believed that I had in my hands, so it’s painful to say I have accepted but considering the interest of the party at large, considering the fact that we had to win this governorship and house of assembly election, I have to concede to the request of my party stakeholders, so I had to.” Egbebu said.
He continued “The PDP constitution was not followed, the three man adhoc delegate list was not used in the primaries and after the exercise I was declared second, and I approached the appeal panel.”
Responding if the process of the election free, Chris said: “the process was free but it was about compliance with the extant laws of the party.
“The matter was in court on the 24th of October, 2018 and the matter has been in court since then” he said.
Chris Egbebu also pointed out that the last sitting was on 25th of February 2019 and was adjourned to 14th of March 2019 for hearing but he has taken a U-turn to withdraw the matter from the court due to the intervention of some party big weights.
“My party stalwarts have been prevailing on me considering the fact that the next adjourned date is coming before the governorship and state house of assembly election.
“The state party chairman, the deputy governor, other important stake holders have spoken to me, including the house of representative member (Hon. Uko Nkole), he is from my local government area. Senator Mao Ohabunwa has spoken to me. They tried to look at the importance of going into the gubernatorial and house of assembly election as a united family and asked me to please withdraw the matter from the court so that my friend Hon. Eric Asor Kalu will be allowed to fully concentrate in the last lap of the campaign.” Chris Egbebu said.
He however said that he accepted the intervention of his party members so he has decided to withdraw the case from the court.
He also pointed out that he has directed his legal team to withdraw the case from the court and has had lots of discussion with his supporters. He noted that his supporters are party faithful who believe that the party should move into the next election as a family.
“I considered that PDP need to be given the opportunity to serve not just Chris to be given the opportunity to serve. I am considering my party ahead of my personal interest that is why I am considering going into the election as one.” Egbebu said.
He enjoined all his supporters to come out in their large numbers and vote for all PDP candidates in the remaining elections.
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