Owerri – A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says that the executive committee of the party in Imo State was dissolved for Governor Ikedi Ohakim to have a convenient platform to lead the party.
The factionâ€™s Organising Secretary, Dr Clement Anozie, said in Owerri , yesterdayÂ that it was usual for the PDP to dissolveÂ its state executive committee whenever an incumbent Governor defected from another party to the PDP.
Anozie, a member of the seven-man committee constituted by the PDP national leadership, cited Zamfara and Bauchi states as instances where elected state executivesÂ were removed because their serving Governors defected to the PDP.
It will be recalled that the National PDP Chairman, Chief Vincent Ogbulafor, announced the dissolution of the partyâ€™s executive committee when Ohakim defected from the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPAA) to the PDP last month.
Ogbulafor constituted a caretaker committee under the leadership Mr Marcellinus Nlimigbo, the chairman of the dissolved executive committee, to run the partyâ€™s affairs in Imo for three months.
However, five days later, some aggrieved members of the dissolved committee and other party members obtained a court injunction, ordering both parties to maintain the status quo until the hearing of the motion on notice on September 21, 2009.
The aggrieved group, believed to be loyalists of former Governor Achike Udenwa and Senetor Ifeanyi Ararume, elected a new executive committee under the acting chairmanship of Mr Magnus Orjiakor and said that it was in charge.
Anozie, however, told journalists that the only legitimate PDP faction in the state was the one led by Nlimigbo, whom, he said, had been taking instructions from the partyâ€™s national secretariat.
He explained that the caretaker committee had the mandate to, among other things, conduct party congresses in the state, saying that it was poised to carry out the mandate.