As the die is cast for the re-run election for the Anambra Central senatorial zone, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Uche Ekwunife has boasted that she would emerge victorious again.
Senator Ekwunife also was upbeat of victory as she boasted that she would beat her closest rival, Chief Victor Umeh of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, again and again when the election was conducted.
Speaking to newsmen yesterday, she stated, “I am not disturbed by the noise being made in government quarters concerning the outcome of the Appeal Court judgment. I am very optimistic that whenever the election is conducted I will win. I beat Victor Umeh in the last election, but I want to tell you that in the re-run election I will beat him again and beat him silly.”
The senator, however, described as laughable rumours in some quarters that she was no longer the candidate of the PDP for the March 2016 re-run election and called on her opponents to be bold enough to face the election instead of resorting to cheap blackmail.
Ekwunife, who contested the senatorial election on the platform of PDP, was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, until her election was nullified by the Appeal Court in Enugu.
Reacting to the speculations, Ekwunife described those peddling the rumour as enemies of democracy and those who wanted to enter into position of responsibility through the back door.
She said the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal did not and would not have dwelt on whether she was the authentic candidate of PDP, especially when the matter had been decided by a court of competent jurisdiction.
“My emergence as PDP candidate has never been in doubt. Though some anti-democracy elements felt it was time for them to reap where they did not sow and took me to court, which has been decided in my favour by the federal Court of Appeal.
“The recent judgment by Appeal Court sitting in Enugu did not in any way invalidate my candidacy of PDP and as such, those who are jubilating that Ekwunife is no longer the candidate of PDP should better have a re-think.
“It is obvious that Senator Ekwunife has become a very big force to reckon with in the politics of Anambra and Nigeria in general, and that is why some people are afraid to go into this re-run election and they are having a wishful thinking that with me out of the way, they would have a smooth sail; but the court has disappointed them as I will be waiting for them at the polls,” she said.
She further called on her supporters and people of Anambra Central to be calm and remain focused, as she is upbeat of victory at the re-run election which comes up in March next year.

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