By Vincent Ujumadu
ENUGU – ANOTHER twist emerged yesterday in the leadership crisis in Anambra state branch of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as members of the Ifeatu Obi-Okoye group, which had been laying claim to the state leadership dissociated themselves from the decision of Obi-Okoye to discontinue the struggle.
Some members of the group namely, Mr. Newton Iloegbunam, Vice-Chairman, Anambra Central; Mr Tony Nwabuona, Financial Secretary;Â and Chinedu Nsoedu, Asst. Secretary in a statement, yesterday in Awka said the issue concerned the executive led by Obi-Okoye and not Obi-Okoye as a person.
Obi-Okoye had tendered an apology to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, saying he regretted the embarrassment his legal actions to reclaim the chairmanship of the state chapter may have caused the leadership of the party.
He also pledged to withdraw all processes initiated or filed in court with regard to the contempt proceedings against the national chairman of the party and 12 others pending at the High Court of Anambra State sitting at Ekwulobia, and promised to support the present leadership of the Anambra state chapter of the party led by Mr. Uchenna Emodi.
The statement said that members of the executive he led had since suspected what they described as an act of treachery, adding that they were not surprised because he was known for abandoning ship at very critical moments.
They recalled that he did the same to the former Governor of the state, Dr. Chris Ngige, when he led his faction of the party to Chief Chris Uba, and only recently was relieved of his chairmanship of â€œIkukuoma Initiative,â€ a campaign organisation of a gubernatorial aspirant in the state, Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu, for the same reason.