- There’s been a delay regarding the arrangement for a consensus candidate vying for the position of national secretary of the PDP ahead of its convention
- According to reports, some party members believed the two candidates from the zone, Sen Samuel Anyanwu from Imo and Okey Muo-Aroh from Anambra were imposed on them
- Meanwhile, the aspirants after submitting their forms, in reaction, said they were endorsed by the southeast leaders of the party and not imposed by anyone
The planned arrangement by the southeast leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have met another deadlock over national secretary position.
The Punch reports that the arrangement by the stakeholders of the party to produce a consensus candidate for the position of national secretary in the forthcoming national convention seemed to have suffered a setback.
The two aspirants from the zone, Senator Samuel Anyanwu from Imo state and Okey Muo-Aroh from Anambra state, had submitted their nomination and expression of interest forms.
Anyanwu, speaking to newsmen shortly after submitting his nomination and expression of interest forms, said his candidacy was unanimously endorsed by the southeast leaders of the party.
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He disputed the claim that he was imposed on the zone as consensus candidate, saying he could never be imposed by anybody as he described himself as “a moving machine for the party“.
“I have always won elections in Imo. In the South-East – Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Abia and Ebonyi, there is no leader that does not know who I am.
“I am a very humble person, I am very humane and of course a pure and true loyal party member that everybody wants to listen to. There is no problem in the South-East.”
Meanwhile, few hours after Anyanwu left the party secretariat, Muo-Aroh, another aspirant from Anambra, also submitted his nomination forms.
He said that the secretary was early micro-zoned to Anambra and auditor to Imo, only for them to be called for a meeting in Enugu state where Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia were in attendance.
Muo-Aroh affirmed thus:
“On that basis, the people of Anambra totally reject that so called arrangement.
“As I said, politics is about negotiations and compromises. Our people are ready to sit down at the round-table and discuss these problems.
“We are members of the PDP. We cannot run away from this party. No amount of shenanigans, no threat, no impunity can push somebody like me away from PDP because I have been there.”
Legit.ng gathered that also at the party secretariat to submit their nomination forms were Amb Umar Damagun for deputy national chairman (North) and Hon Adam Kamali for financial secretary.
Damagum, who said he was the Northeast endorsed consensus candidate for the position, pledged to work for a united PDP, especially in the north in order for the party to win the presidency in 2023.
“Ours is to galvanise our supporters and drive reconciliation to the highest level so that we come out much stronger before 2023 general elections. That will be my focus.”
In a related report by Vanguard, on Thursday, October 14, the search for a consensus national chairmanship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, suffered setback Wednesday night as a scheduled meeting of the Northern stakeholders did not hold.
The botched meeting billed to hold at the Bauchi Governor’s lodge had the presence of Governors Bala Mohammed, Samuel Ortom, Aminu Tambuwal and Ahmadu Fintiri of Bauchi, Benue, Sokoto and Adamawa states respectively.
Former governor asks party executives to ensure power returns to PDP
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that as political alignment and realignment continues ahead of the 2023 general election, a former governor of Plateau state has tasked the new executives of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
It was reported that Fidelis Tapgun, said it is important that the executives work together to return power to the party.
Speaking to journalists in Jos on Sunday, Tapgun said the Nigerian populace still have a lot of confidence in the PDP and that should be maintained by ensuring good governance in Nigeria.
2023 Election: Ex-Delta speaker, others set to dump APC For PDP
Earlier, as the political plot thickens ahead of the 2023 general elections, some political party members have been defecting from one party to the other.
These politicians have always had one reason or the other for their defection; some for the political alignment in preparation for the elections ahead, others to garner support for their preferred candidate vying for key positions.
However, on Thursday, October 14, it was reported that the former Speaker of the Delta state House of Assembly, Monday Igbuya and an ex-lawmaker of the House of representatives, Solomon Edoja, have reportedly defected from the ruling party to the Peoples Democratic Party.