On Sunday, Dr. Pat Asadu, of the PDP; the member who represents the Nsukka/Igbo Eze South Federal district, suffered a defeat in his bid to return to the House of Representatives for the fifth time in 2023.
In the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election held in Nsukka, he came in the third position.
Chief Vita Abba was declared the winner, receiving 91 votes out of 111 casts in the election.
Mr. Clinton Isiwu, the runner-up, received 11 votes, while Asadu received two. Mr. Chidi Obetta, Mr. Aniegbulam Ezeugwu, and Mr. Chukuemeka Asogwa each received one vote.
Mr. Chinedu Onu, the Returning Officer, praised delegates for conducting themselves in an orderly manner during the primary election when announcing the results.
According to Onu, all 111 delegates who were eligible to vote in the primary election did so, however, four ballots were annulled.
In his acceptance speech, Abba expressed gratitude to the delegates for voting for him and pledged that if elected in the 2023 general elections, he would not disappoint the party.
“In our constituency”, Abba celebrates, “this victory is a victory for PDP; victory for justice and victory for democracy,” he added.
The PDP flag bearer thanked all delegates and the party for believing that he deserves to fly the party’s banner in 2023.
The primary election was described as free and fair by Mr. Bradan Uzoagba, who led the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) team that monitored it.
Second-place finisher Isiwu said he accepted the result in good faith because the election was free and fair.
Recall that a protest against Dr. Pat Asadu’s fifth term aspirations began in April when the community took to the street to show their grievance over no achievements since he came into power.
A Twitter user, Okey Ugwu in a tweet shared;
After 16years of unmeritorious services to his people, Dr Pat Asadu's fifth term aspiration meets resistance as people of Nsukka/Igbo Eze South Federal constituency stage "Say No to 5th term" protest to stop the Governor from returning him to the house of Reps. We watch! pic.twitter.com/jLq6OzkO5h
— Okey Ugwu (@OkeyUgwu01) April 28, 2022
And continued as seen below;
Day 2 of the protest against Dr Pat Asadu's fifth term aspirations. For context, Pat Asadu came to house of Reps in 2007 and has been there till now. He was LG chairman, Commissioner for Agric between 1999 and 2007 before going to house of Reps. He has been totally useless to us! https://t.co/ZOTUcgLNso pic.twitter.com/mq9fAtsxAn
— Okey Ugwu (@OkeyUgwu01) April 29, 2022