Chris Ubah, Metuh in free for all at airport

THE Police, yesterday, began investigation into the circumstances that led to the exchange of blows by the National Vice-Chairman, Southeast, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh and a member of the Board of Trustees, BOT, of the party, Chief Chris Uba in Owerri on Wednesday.

The two chieftains in separate interviews, however, blamed each other for the brawl that apparently followed their open disagreement on issues relating to the crisis rocking the Anambra State chapter of the party.

Metuh claimed he received a jab on his neck from Uba at the airport prompting him to frontally attack Uba, the one time godfather of the Anambra State chapter of the PDP.

Vanguard gathered that infuriated Metuh openly told Uba at the airport that he lacked the character of a member of the BOT of the PDP.

The two PDP chieftains who hail from Anambra State belong to rival camps of the party which had engaged in a protracted legal tussle to retain control of the party’s structure in the state.

The State High Court recently voided the party’s congresses held to elect executives at wards, local governments and state levels, a development that had escalated the party crisis.

The scuffle described by many as a show of shame took place when they met at the airport which has since the past one year remained the transit route for air travellers within the South East zone owing to the ongoing reconstruction of the of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

Uba is said to be favourably disposed to the decision of the court which has insisted that the sacked executive committee led by Benji Udeozor be reinstated to complete its tenure but Metuh is said to be in support of the outcome of the party congresses which the court has since voided.

The lingering conflicts within the PDP in Anambra, Oyo, Enugu, Bayelsa, among others prompted the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to issue a fresh warning last Wednesday to the party over alleged inconclusive congresses requesting the ruling party to resolve the crises without delay or risk the dire negative consequences in the coming general elections.

Uba and Metuh confirmed the scuffle in separate telephone chats yesterday. but while the BOT member stated that his official reaction is that he has nothing to do with his rival and would not comment further, the national vice chairman confirmed that he was hit on the neck, prompting him to face the assailant.

However, it was also gathered from sources close to the two chieftains that Chief Uba countered Chief Metuh’s account that he (Uba) hit him first. The BOT member was quoted as saying that the national vice chairman was the first to slap him, thus confirming that they actually exchanged blows.

Another source hinted that Metuh became very angry after the scuffle that he publicly told Uba that he did not have the character to be PDP BOT member but Uba, on his part, accused Metuh of compromising his position by his actions in the affairs of the party, especially the congresses in Anambra that have continued to spark off controversy among leaders of the party.

However, the duo confirmed yesterday that they have already reported the fracas to the Imo State Police Command and have also written statements to that effect to enable the police investigate their various claims as to who threw the first blow that led to the fight

Source: Vanguard.

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