- A PDP chieftain in Imo, Lancelot Obiaku, has petitioned the party’s national chairman over alleged irregularities during the delegates’ election in the state
- He cautioned that drastic measures must be taken to arrest an emerging monster capable of once again denying Imo PDP a passage to the state’s government house
- Obiaku further urged the party’s national chairman to ensure that imposition of candidates is not the order of the day for the 2019 election
The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has been petitioned by a chieftain of the party in Imo, Lancelot Obiaku, over alleged irregularities that marred the delegates election in the state.
In the petition, Obiaku called on the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to ensure that the party’s structure in the state is not hijacked by those he described as unpopular politicians, Punch reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the politician maintained that the attempted burning down of the party secretariat in Owerri on Thursday, September 13, was perpetrated by those he referred to as “desperate politicians.”
The petition read in part: “It is today a statement of fact than a mere illusion that PDP is not just primed to wrestle power at the centre from the ruling APC and chief oppressors of Nigerians. It is hoped that, all things being equal, the party will take over the leadership of most states of the federation come 2019.
“However, in Imo state, such hopes might be diffusing into thin air if drastic measures are not taken to arrest an emerging monster capable of once again denying Imo PDP a passage to the state’s government house. The lightning might just be striking again.
“I am certain that you are aware that Imo PDP is boiling after the events of the last few days. Following the conclusion of the three Ad-hoc Ward Delegates’ Congress last Sunday, your party’s state secretariat in Imo on Wednesday turned to a protest ground.
“Several members of the party from a number of wards who were voted delegates on Sunday with their names submitted to the congress committee are shocked and disenchanted that their names were obliterated and replaced with other names in the result released by the committee on Tuesday.
“It was discovered that in some wards, names were replaced with people who do not belong to that ward; the worst of it being that names of persons who did not purchase the delegate nomination form were found on the result sheets.”
Obiaku urged the party’s national chairman to ensure that imposition of candidates is not the order of the day for the 2019 election; pointing out that such imposition had killed the party’s chances in the state in 2007 and 2015.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some chieftains of the PDP in Imo state, including former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, the former minister of aviation, Kema Chikwe, member of House of Representatives, Jones Onyereri, clashed at the glass house office of PDP Board of Trustee (BoT) member, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, over the visit of former vice president Atiku Abubakar.
The aggrieved PDP chiefs engaged Iwuanyanwu in a shouting match after he requested to have a closed door meeting with the visiting former vice president who was on a courtesy call in his office before meeting with PDP stakeholders in the state.
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