- A former Imo governorship candidate Charles Ugwuh, has been handed the PDP chairmanship position in the southeastern state
- Ugwuh, an ex-minister of commerce and industry, emerged as a consensus candidate after deliberations
- Other positions like the deputy chairman, treasure and more were also filled but by ballot
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo state has elected a former minister for commerce and industry, Charles Ugwuh, as its new chairman.
According to a report by Channels TV, Ugwuh emerged the new party supremo at a State Congress held on Saturday, August 1.
Ugwuh beat 11 other candidates after he was selected as a consensus candidate in the event held at a sports complex in the state capital, Owerri.
Initially, a poll had been planned among the 12 candidates but Ugwuh was selected to occupy the top job after consideration by party stakeholders.
However, the position of deputy chairman was up for a contest and the former acting chairman, Martins Ejiogu, won that election.
Like Ejiogu, other officials earned reelections. They are Ray Emeana as Secretary, Josiah Eze as Treasurer, Maria Mbakwe as Women Leader and Godson Nwaobasi as Auditor.
Legit.ng reported earlier how the Imo PDP chairmanship position and a couple of other top spots became vacant.
The former state chairman of the party, Barrister Charles Ezekwem resigned his position and joined the All Progressives Congress.
He later accused an unnamed PDP chieftain of hijacking the party structure in the state.
His defection was followed by that of the party's publicity secretary, Damien Opara and a couple of others.
Legit.ng gathered that some top chieftains of the party are itching to abandon the party following what a source disclosed as “high-handedness of a governorship candidate.”
The source also explained some of them resigned owing to issues that border on the last primaries.
Despite the resignations, loyalists of ex-governor Emeka Ihedioha told Legit.ng that the PDP in the state is still strong.