Samuel Anyawu to challenge Hope Uzodinma’s reelection after emerging PDP governorship candidate in Imo

Senator Samuel Anyanwu has been elected as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the November 2023 election in Imo State.

He emerged after a delegate election conducted at the State party Secretariat in Owerri on Wednesday, April 12, 2023.

Announcing the result, the chairman of the panel for the election, Kenneth Okon disclosed that Anyanwu who is the sole aspirant for the election polled 802 votes which had 915 members as accredited delegates.

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A former governor of the state, Emeka Ihedioha, was conspicuously absent after he pulled out of the PDP governorship race, weeks ago.

Anyanwu is expected to challenge the re-election of Governor Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress (APC).


In January 2020, the Supreme Court sacked Ihedioha as the governor of Imo State after barely seven months in office.

In his acceptance speech, Anyanwu thanked members of the party and delegates for finding him worthy to be the party’s flag bearer in the governorship election scheduled for November 11.

He assured all his party members of victory in the forthcoming governorship election even as he noted that it will mark the beginning of a new dawn in the State.

The party flag bearer promised to come up with his manifesto soon, while he revealed that insecurity would top the list of his campaign promises as well as creation of wealth.

He said “People of Imo who have been subjected to several inhuman treatment, they should look up to PDP, they can’t wait to usher in a purposeful leader that will salvage them from insecurity, today marks the journey”.

Anyanwu also commended former governor of the State,Emeka Ihedioha who had earlier stepped down to contest the primary of the party,insisting that his sacrifice for the party will never be forgotten.

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He said ” I appreciate Emeka Ihedioha for his sacrifice, his sacrifice for the party will never be forgotten. I urge the party to continue to remain united. I promise we’re going into the election to win, and I assure you we would win.

In a related development, the Bayelsa State governor, Douye Diri, has emerged as the PDP governorship candidate for the November 11 Bayelsa governorship election.

This followed the PDP primary held yesterday in Yenogoa state secretariat.

Diri, who was the only governorship candidate, polled 305 votes to clinch the ticket

The election was conducted by the Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke, who declared Diri as the consensus candidate.

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