Former aviation minister Stella Odua, and one-time senior presidential aide, Andy Uba, have lost the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, senatorial tickets they ostensibly won last December. Their losses are fallout of the party’s controversial primaries in Anambra State. Oduah’s woe became known when her name was missing from the candidates’ list released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for next month’s election, and so also was Uba’s.
Despite Oduah’s alleged move to get the Secretary to the Federal Government, Pius Anyim, influence her admission by INEC, the plan failed. Rather, INEC recognised John Okechuckwu Emeka as the authentic senatorial candidate of the party, based on a court proclamation made in his favour. Unrelenting, Oduah, Sahara reporters said, has been trying to use Anyim, some lawyers and judges to manipulate INEC with a view to making her the eventual senatorial flag bearer. Notorious for her role in the infamous inflated purchase of two BMW cars, Oduah was sacked from President Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet in February 2014.
In his own case, Andy lost to the ticket to his controversial younger brother, Chris. Oduah and Andy are believed to be preferred candidates of the first family.