Princess Stella Adah Oduah, the former aviation minister sacked in February 2014 for purchasing two BMW cars at a highly-inflated price has failed to make the list of People’s Democratic Party senatorial candidates, the list released on Tuesday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) shows.
Oduah, after failing to capture the Anambra North Senatorial seat, had used Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, the Secretary to the Federal Government, to intimidate INEC to get her name into the list. That plan failed, as INEC released the name of John Okechuckwu Emeka as the court-ordered candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the seat.
Also removed from the list is Andy Uba, a former domestic aide to President Olusegun Obasanjo. He was replaced with his equally controversial younger brother, Chris Uba as the PDP candidate for Anambra South in the forthcoming general election. Chris Uba, it would be recalled, confessed to having rigged the 2003 gubernatorial election in the state, in favour of Chris Ngige.
Andy Uba and Stella Oduah had been anointed by President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, to clinch the senatorial slots, but they both lost in last month’s state party primaries.
Since that defeat, Oduah has been conniving with lawyers, some judges and SGF Anyim to impose her name on INEC, in a political no-man’s-land where integrity has no meaning.