Abia by-election: How PDP chose a JSS drop-out over a University Professor

Ebisike, emerged the consensus flag bearer of the PDP on March 5th, following the decision by the leadership of the ruling party in the state, acting on the directives of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

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More facts have begun to emerge on why the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State dumped Prof. Ikechi Mgbeoji a University Professor and former commissioner in the state and handpicked one Chimaobi Ebisike as its sole candidate to contest Saturday’s Aba North and Aba South House of Representatives rerun election.

Ebisike, emerged the consensus flag bearer of the PDP on March 5th, following the decision by the leadership of the ruling party in the state, acting on the directives of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

Prior to the decision, there were other candidates who had expressed interest in contesting for the position. The candidates initially clamored for a primary election for all candidates.

However, after intensive deliberations within the party, it was discovered that the interest of Ikpeazu would be affected if the primaries were to hold, hence the need to handpick a consensus candidate who would be under the absolute control of the Governor.

Facts have revealed that unlike Ikechi Mgbeoji a professor educated in Nigeria, Germany & Canada, Ebisike the consensus candidate of the PDP aborted his education at the Junior Secondary school level.

Having lost out in the recent local government elections, in the state as result of the non emergence of his candidates at the primary election, Okezie Ikpeazu who is also eyeing the Abia South Senatorial seat in 2023, is angling on hoisting his candidate in the Aba rerun to secure his ambition.

Asides not being the choice of Ikpeazu, Mgbeoji’s intimidating educational profile and personality makes Mgbeoji a hard nut to crack in terms of acceding to the demands of Governor Ikpeazu who is aiming to replace Senator Abaribe.

Mgbeoji was therefore dropped hence the emergence of Ebisike to fill the vacant office of the federal legislator representing Aba North and Aba.

Ebisike’s very poor educational background and roguish character makes him the right tool for Okezie Ikpeazu to execute his biddings without being challenged, hence the need to drop Mgbeoji and other poplar aspirants such as Alex Ikwechegh.

Despite his penurious educational background Ebisike was made a commissioner for special duties by Ikpeazu, a position which he was later eventually sacked from over negligence of duty.

Interviewed residents of Aba have described Ebisike as an uninspiring figure having failed in all the tasks assigned to him from being a Transitional Committee Chairman of Aba North; a Commissioner for Special Duties and Chairman of Covid19 Taskforce, Ebisike was relieved of all the aforementioned positions over poor performance.

Allegations of extortion from residents and commercial dealers during his tenure range from extorting money from exporters and importers during covid 19 wave in Aba, collection of 200,000 naira per container that arrives in Aba, collection of 200, 000 naira for any New Building in Aba metropolis and collection of 40,000 naira from every new store in Aba.

status after benefitting from the crisis and discontent in APGA. Almost all the notable defectors pitched their tent with APC and it is expected that the party would leverage on its new found strength to snatch Aba federal constituency.

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