By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka – The Uchenna Emodi-led Anambra state Executive of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied the claim by members of the national assembly from the state that Emodi and his group were bonafide members of the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), saying that there was no iota of truth in the claim.
The Anambra caucus of the national assembly members had in a letter to the national chairman of PDP, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor said that Emodi was suspended from PDP and that he was the recognized agent of DPP during the 2007 presidential and governorship elections.
But in a statement in Awka today, the state publicity secretary of the Emodi-led executive, Mr. Afam Ilounoh insisted that there was never a time Uchenna Emodi left PDP for DPP or any other party.
“We wish to state categorically that our state chairman, Mr. Uchenna Emodi did not at any time leave Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to any other party, including DPP as alleged by the said legislators.
Our state chairman also did not at any time receive or write any letter to DPP in whatever capacity at all. We further state that if there was any letter between Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and DPP as alleged concerning our state chairman, the said letter must be product of fraud and forgery.
“We hereby call on INEC notÂ to allow itself to be used as agent of blackmail and destabilization of internal affairs of Anambra PDP. We further urge the security agencies to investigate the source of the said letter.
“Again, we further state that apart from the fact that suspension under PDP constitution last only for 30 days, the Party has since recalled all the people involved in late 2006 and the legislators are aware of this development.
“We wish to call on the National Working Committee (NWC) of our great Party, to disregard these negative acts from some members of the National and State Assemblies. We further advise the said members to stop demarketing PDP by these negative media campaigns that do not only put Anambra State PDP to ridicule, but also impact negatively on the Party nationally,” Ilounoh said.
He appealed that rather than continue to fuel the crisis in Anambra PDP, the legislators should join hands with the State with a view to building a virile and formidable PDP in Anambra State where everybody would be a stakeholder.
According to him, the state executive of the party would ensure a level playing field where everybodyâ€™s interest would be protected for the overall good of the Party.