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Thursday, 5 May 2016

Fresh Trouble In Imo PDP Over Local Government Congress


Fresh trouble is rearing its ugly head in Imo PDP.

The ward congress held last weekend is still causing ripples in the party as party leaders and stakeholders are bent on upturning the results of the congress.

Some of the party chieftains are rather compiling names of their preferred ward executives to suit their whims and caprice, thus generating fresh tension and heat in the party as the local government congress comes up this weekend.

Some party members in Imo west senatorial zone are threatening to decamp to the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC because a party leader in the zone was alleged to have hijacked the results of the congress and insists that he alone must determine who gets what position in the zone.

 One of the aggrieved party chieftains who spoke to INNONEWS.COM on condition of anonymity said agents of the top PDP leader h snatched the result sheets of the ward congress with the aim of re-writing the names of ward executives.

This newspaper had reported that there was violence in some parts of the State such as Ngor Okpala and Ohaji/Egbema local governments during the ward congress as top party leaders sent their thugs to manhandle perceived political opponents whom they considered as obstacles in their quest to control the entire ward structure in their domains.

With the local government congress to hold this weekend, it appears party stakeholders are more interested in imposing their surrogates as local government chairmen and executives of the party.

The persistent call for a free and fair congress as demanded by party members appears not to be sinking in the ears in these leaders who are known to have vested interests and political ambitions in 2019.

This newspaper has consistently reported that the PDP in Imo State is sharply polarized because of the perceived 2019 governorship ambition of former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon Emeka Ihedioha and senator representing Imo West senatorial district, Senator Hope Uzodinma.  Former Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim is also believed to be interested in coming back to Government House, Owerri.

Political analysts therefore contend that the ambitions of the duo and other stakeholders is the sole reason for the non adherence for the rules set out by the national leadership of the party for the conduct of  free and fair congresses.  


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