ABIA 2023: I Am Not Your Candidate- Ginger Warns PDP, Party Replies
Hon. Ginger Onwusibe, the current member representing Isialangwa North State Constituency in the Abia State House Assembly, has refuted claims that he won for a second tenure under the PDP.
Ginger had lost the primary election according to a result published by the party. However, there are speculations that the PDP after declaring Alex Chidi Chibuikem the winner, submitted Onwusibe to INEC as the right candidate.
Responding, Onwusibe, maintained that he did not participate during the primaries and is not a candidate of the PDP.
He stated that he has moved on with his political career, assuring that he bears no grudge against anyone.
A disclaimer issued by Hon. Ginger Onwusibe read;
It has been brought to my knowledge that my name; GINGER OBINNA ONWUSIBE was submitted to INEC by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the PDP primary election for State House of Assembly held on 22/05/2022 as PDP candidate for Isialangwa North State Constituency of Abia State.
I hereby State categorically clear that I did not participate, take part nor show presence during the PDP sham and infamous process or primary election of 22nd May, 2022 as I had resigned my membership of the party many days before the primary election hence I withdrew and/ or backed out of the process. I therefore did not win any primary election in PDP and I am not a candidate of PDP.
My decision was based on the impropriety, notoriety and infamy overtly surrounding the 2022 primary elections in the party as orchestrated by the ill-advised leadership of the party in Abia State and which by extension is consuming the party like a monster.
I have moved on with my personal life and my political carrier, Going forward I will be seeking the mandate of the people of Isiala Ngwa North and South Federal Constituency to represent them at the Federal House of Representatives come 2023 on the platform of Labor Party, I therefore humbly seek the support of our people for Good governance which I represent
I wish all of us well as I desire, plan and work for a better Isialangwa in particular and Abia State in general.
I have No bitterness, No Grudges
Power belongs to the people
Power belongs to God Almighty
OKENZE GINGER ONWUSIBE.
But in a reply from the PDP, the party revealed that Ginger Onwusibe’s name was not submitted to INEC. They stated that the name of the winner of the said primary was submitted and not that of Ginger.
ABIA PDP DID NOT SUBMIT GINGER ONWUSIBE’S NAME TO INEC AS A CANDIDATE
The attention of Abia PDP has been drawn to a disclaimer by Mr. Ginger Obinna Onwusibe alleging that our great Party, the PDP has submitted his name to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC as the winner of the Isiala Ngwa North State Constituency primary election held on May 22, 2022.
It has become imperative to put the records straight and let the general public know the true position of the Party on Ginger Onwusibe’s claim.
We state in very clear terms that we have in our possession, payments made by Ginger Obinna Onwusibe for the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms and sworn affidavits to contest the Isiala Ngwa North State Constituency seat under the PDP. We also have records that he participated in the last PDP State House of Assembly primary election and lost woefully to a very credible candidate.
Ginger Onwusibe’s unstable character made the stakeholders of the party in his constituency lose absolute confidence in him, and the PDP in its wildest imagination will not field him for a councillorship election in his Ward knowing full well that he will fail.
The good people of Isiala Ngwa had clearly become disenchanted with Onwusibe’s representation and in time made a good decision to show him the way out. The disappointment was caused by many reasons, among which was his outburst against Abia North.
Onwusibe had stoked the embers of discord between the good people of Ukwa la Ngwa and Abia North at the inception of the search for a successor to our able governor when he unadvisedly said there was no person in Abia North capable of flying the Party’s flag for the 2023 governorship election. The attempt to create enmity between two peace loving people was unbecoming of a man who occupied his position in the State and it did not go down well with the elders, stakeholders and the Party faithful across the entire State.
This disenchantment caused by his unguided and uncouth outburst was evidenced in the way he was roundly defeated by a very credible aspirant who will fulfill the yearnings and aspirations of the good people of Isiala Ngwa North State Constituency in the coming dispensation. To them and to the Party, he is a good riddance to bad rubbish.
It is also unfortunate and pitiable that a man who has been part of this process for so many years will out of confusion and desperation fail to understand that, by the provisions of the new Electoral Law, the date for submission of names of candidates for the 2023 elections by political parties to INEC has not fallen due. PDP has not submitted any candidates names to INEC, let alone Ginger Obinna Onwusibe’s.
We call on the good people of Isiala Ngwa North State Constituency and all members of the Abia PDP to disregard this laughable claim. It is a figment of his imagination and nothing can be farther from the truth.
Hon. Elder Amah Abraham
State Vice Chairman (Acting State Publicity Secretary)