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2011 elections in Nigeria: ANPP waits for PDP presidential candidate

The All Nigeria Peoples Party yesterday said it will not put forward any Presidential candidate for the 2011 elections until the he ruling Peoples Democratic Party’s announces its choice for the election

Addressing a press conference yesterday in Abuja on the 2011 presidential election, the party’s National Chairman, Ume-Ezeoke said: “when PDP comes up with its candidate for the presidential election, then we shall come up with our candidate and this will shake the entire country.”

Prodded to give hindsights to who shall become the ANPP presidential candidate, he said, “just wait and see what will happen.”

Some of the candidates who have indicated interest in taking over from Ume-Ezeoke are the former governor of Edo State, John Oyegun; former chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party, Harry Akande and the former National Secretary of the party, George Moghalu.Others include the incumbent National Publicity Secretary of the party, Emma Eneukwu; and the current Chairman of the party’s BoT, Gambo Mogaji.

THISDAY gathered that the odds favour Akande and Oyegun from the South-west and South-south respectively. This is because the vice presidential candidate of the party may emerge from the south-east.

A source further confirmed that the next chairman of the party would be a straight fight between Akande and Oyegun.

The party’s National Executive Committee meeting which took place in Maidugiri last month had ordered a national convention for July 17 to elect a new set of members for the Central Working Committee. Ume-Ezeoke and his team were elected in August 2006 for a four-year tenure