ANAMBRA PDP CRISIS DEPEENS AS STAKEHOLDERS REJECT CARETAKER COMMITTEE.

Some members of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in Anambra State have cautioned the National Chairman of the Party, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, not to give leadership of the state chapter of the party to a caretaker committee.

They said doing so would be contrary to the agreement reached between Nwodo and the party stakeholders last month in Abuja. The immediate Vice Chairman of PDP in Anambra State, Chief Newton Iloegbunam, who addressed journalists yesterday in Abuja on behalf of the group, Anambra State PDP Stakeholders, disclosed that information available to them revealed that Dr Nwodo would next Tuesday, announce Cosmos Agabo, as chairman of an interim caretaker committee to run the affairs of the party in Anambra State.

The group submitted that it ran contrary to the expectations of conduct of a state congress which the PDP national chairman had assured all stakeholders, when he met with them at a meeting allegedly held last month at Transcorp Hotel, Abuja.

The group alleged that giving the leadership of the party to Agabo would amount to selling Anambra PDP to money bags, a tendency that Nwodo had promised to check, not only in Anambra, but across the states. It further alleged that Cosmos Agabo who had been pencilled to lead the purported caretaker committee belonged to the faction led by a prominent businessman and PDP stalwart, Arthur Eze. Iloegbunam told newsmen that any attempt to renege on the agreement reached for a state congress would further polarize the party and undermine its fortune in the next election.

“The National Chairman has taken decision to appoint caretaker committee in place of congresses which is the substance that has bedevilled and dwindled the fortunes of the party for years and has requested list of caretaker committee from money bags. We the Stakeholders of Anambra PDP hereby state unequivocally that any attempt to renege on the decisions reached with him and the Stakeholders on July 12, 2010, will be resisted at all cost as we don’t want to go back to the era of protest vote that cost us the last governorship election of Anambra State and multiple court litigations. “We want to institutionalize internal democracy in Anambra, we don’t want any imposition,” the group submitted.

The former vice chairman of PDP in Anambra also accused the National Vice Chairman of PDP, South East, Chief Olisah Metu, of fanning embers of discord in Anambra. “He has contributed, substantially to the dismantling of PDP in Anambra State. Olisah is one of the problems we have and if Nwodo goes ahead to install a caretaker committee, he would have unwittingly succeeded in killing PDP in Anambra State.” But reacting to the allegation, Ike Abonyi, Special Adviser Media to the PDP National Chairman dismissed the allegation against Nwodo as unfounded. “The PDP National Working Committee, (NWC) hasn’t taken any decision on Anambra. I must let you know that the PDP National Chairman has no special interest to protect or foster in that state.

When a decision would be taken, all stakeholders would be involved,” Abonyi told Daily Sun. Also reacting to the group’s insinuations, Chief Metu cautioned the group, not to pre-empt the party, as no decision has been taken on Anambra. “These people are too much in a hurry. They should wait for chairman decision, rather than rushing to the press. They are political travellers, they have been involved in all the political crises in Anambra state.” He said.

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