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PDP leaders at loggerheads over Anambra

By Henry Umoru

Abuja – INDICATIONS are rife that members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are out for a show down following some irreconcilable differences from the fallout of the lingering crisis in the Anambra State chapter of the party.

It was gathered that at the meeting of the NWC held in Abuja yesterday that the recommendations of the South-East stakeholders of the party led to the quagmire at the National Secretariat of the party where the members disagreed among one another.

PDP Governors of South-East states, other stakeholders of the party among whom were the former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwume; former Senate Presidents, Anyim Pius Anyim and Chief Adolphus Wabara had met in Enugu on Tuesday and part of their recommendations was the dissolution of the state executive committee.

According to them, if there must be peace and the party clinching the 2010 governorship election which was very close, the onus left for the leadership of the party as the only way forward was take the bold step of dissolving the state exco especially against the backdrop that factions exist within the party in the state.

The source said further that the deepening crisis of confidence between the groups became obvious at the NWC meeting when most of the NWC members failed to show up for the scheduled weekly meeting of the party in Abuja.

According the source, some of the members expressed their anger against the National Chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, for pushing for the dissolution, then use the South-East stakeholders to review the unanimous position of the NWC to recognise the Uchenna Emodi-led Anambra State executive committee.

It was also gathered that following the lingering political logjam in Anambra State PDP, there are two camps with one being loyal to Ogbulafor who presided over the Enugu meeting and believed to the brain behind the dissolution move while the other is said to be under the control of the his deputy, Dr. Mohammed Haliru Bello.

The source said that those opposed to Prince Ogbulafor met at an undisclosed location in Abuja where they resolved to shun the NWC meeting and condemned the action of the stakeholders.


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