By Chidiebere Onyemaizu
Recent developments in the Anambra state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, according to the party, fuel allegations that certain members of the party in the state have been recruited by Governor Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, to undermine it and scuttle chances of its candidate, Oseloka Henry Obaze in the November 18 gubernatorial election in the state.
Parallel PDP rallies were held simultaneously in the state last week. One was the flag off of Obaze’s campaign at the commercial city of Onitsha. The other was at Awka, the state capital, organized by a faction led by the former state chairman of the party, Kenneth Emekanyi. The same day some prominent members of the party including former Senator Annie Okonkwo endorsed Obiano for second term.
At the Awka rally, Emekanyi who has been suspended for four years by the national leadership of the PDP insisted he remained Anambra state chairman of the party. He also rejected Obaze’s candidature and gave the party’s national leadership ultimatum substitute him failing which his faction would switch support to another party’s candidate.
The faction later announced suspension from the party, of members of the Anambra PDP caretaker Committee led by Professor ABC Nwosu.
The Nwosu-led Anambra PDP also alleges that Governor Obiano is sponsoring political thugs to pull down Obaze’s campaign billboards round the state. However, the Governor’s spokesperson, James Eze says PDP is a drowning party desperately clutching on anything to survive. He described the allegation as “PDP’s alibi for its inevitable defeat on November 18”. Eze said the Governor is refined gentleman who does not engage in politics of desperation.
Meanwhile, PDP in the state has dismissed which it described as “purported suspension of the Caretaker Committee by an unknown and self serving group of persons who has no bearing on the fortunes of the party in the state”
Secretary of the Caretaker Committee and former Minister Women Affairs, Iyom Josephine Anenih said the alleged suspension was a ruse and the handiwork of known desperadoes “who have no place in our party”