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Stella Oduah Wins PDP Primary For Anambra North Senatorial Race
Former minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, has won the People Democratic Party, PDP, primary for Anambra North Senatorial zone held on Sunday.
In a landslide victory, Oduah pooled 259 votes to beat Margery Okadigbo, the senator who has represented the zone in the last four years, who got only 8 votes.
Margery is the wife of former senate president, Chuba Wilberforce Okadigbo.
The other two contenders, Sam Ikefuna and John Emeka, had 10 and 15 votes respectively.
Before the primaries, former gubernatorial aspirant in Anamabra state, Alex Obiogboru had said the reason why many people from Anambra North Senatorial zone were clamouring for Oduah, was because she would give them effective representation.
Obiogboru said the people had been disappointed by their past leaders elected into the Senate some of whom could not even propose any bill for the four years they claimed to have served the people.
This time, according to him, the people want a strong and intelligent politician with professional background that could effectively represent them by attracting projects and other social amenities to the zone.
He said Oduah fits the personality they want – someone who could strongly speak for them and who knows what the people of the zone want, adding that with the experience gathered as a successful business woman and her stint as Minister of Aviation, Oduah is the right person for the job.
Oduah had been engulfed in controversies over her purchase of two armoured cars at the total cost of N255 million, exceeding the N100 million official limit approved by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA and forgery of her certificates which helped to qualify her for consideration as a minister..
These issues drew the interest of individuals, groups and the National Assembly and President Goodluck Jonathan was constrained to fire her in a cabinet reshuffle on February 12.