Confusion as 4 PDP Chairmen Emerge In Parallel Congresses In Imo State

No fewer than four persons are currently claiming to have emerged from congresses by factions of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Imo State.

 

The claimants to the chairmanship seat includes Nnamdi Anyaehie, Charles Ezekwem, Greg Owuamalam and Chuks Ajaelu.

 

Investigation revealed that the impasse may not be unconnected with the palpable interests of some party bigwigs, who are allegedly eyeing the 2019 gubernatorial poll.

 

It was also gathered that some of the party bigwigs that are allegedly interested in the gubernatorial slot are Senator Hope Uzodinma, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, Senator Bright Nwanne and Charles Onyeagbako.

 

A party chieftain, who spoke on condition of strict anonymity, linked Uzodinma and Ohakim to the Anyaehie-led faction, while the Ihedioha group is supporting the Ezekwem faction.

“We equally understand that Senator Bright Nwanne and Chief Charles Onyeagbako are fully backing the Greg Owuamalam-led executive. What we have today, is a conflict of personal interests in the party,” the PDP loyalist said.

 

Feelers from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, at press time, showed that the Commission has recognized the Charles Ezekwem faction, even as the Anyaehie group described the news as false.

 

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress, APC, loyalists in the state have started jubilating over the continuing discordant tunes coming from the PDP family.

 

One of the party loyalists said yesterday in Owerri, prayed fervently for the PDP to remain crisis-ridden till 2019.

 

“To tell you the truth, APC loyalists are very happy with what is happening in the PDP at all levels. It is our fervent prayer that the crisis should gain greater momentum in the days ahead”, the APC loyalist said.

APC Southwest Chairmen Vow To Never Acknowledge Saraki, Dogara

Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Southwest have vowed not to recognize the emergence of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara until the crisis revolving around the National Assembly contest is sufficiently resolved by the party.

Chairman of the Ekiti State chapter of the party, Chief Jide Awe disclosed this yesterday as his counterpart in Oyo State, Chief Akin Oke insisted that the two presiding officers of the National Assembly should apologise to the party to avoid compounding their problems.

The duo spoke in the wake of assertions that the Southwest caucus of the party may have decided to boycott activities of the party upon the crisis provoked by the failure of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila to win the leadership contest and the subsequent resistance to his emergence as Majority Leader of the House.

Speaking on the development, Awe said: “I was at the NEC meeting but I did not go and salute the Senate President and the Speaker. This is because there are issues on ground that have not been resolved by the leadership of the party. This crisis has to be resolved. We are a third party to this crisis and a third party should not contribute to an existing problem, rather he should look for solutions.”

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22 LG Chairmen Threaten To Drag Wike To EFCC

The 22 council chairmen in Rivers State have threatened to petition the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over an alleged plan by the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, to order the diversion of the June 2015 federal allocation meant for local governments.

The council chairmen, who are all members of the All Progressives Congress, accused Wike of instructing the state Accountant General to divert the federal allocation meant for the councils for this month.

The state Public Relations Officer of the All Local Government of Nigeria, Mr. Samuel Eyiba, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said the reason for the alleged directive from the governor remained unknown to them (council chairmen).

Eyiba warned that apart from the EFCC, council chairmen in the state had resolved to take the matter to other relevant bodies.

“We are also aware that the Rivers State Government under Nyesom Wike has given instruction, though not written, to the Accountant-General of the state to divert the FAAC allocation meant for the 23 local government councils for this month.

 “The reason for this instruction is yet unknown to us. We have resolved to take this unpopular instruction to the appropriate quarters should they go on with their plans, including petitioning the EFCC and related agencies,” Eyiba said.
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