By Dayo Johnson
AKURE – CRISIS rocking the Progressive Peoples Party (PPA) deepened yesterday as the Acting National Chairman of the party, Chief Olu Akerele blamed the crisis on the alleged dictatorial tendencies of the former Abia State governor, Chief Orji Kalu.
He said â€œthe crisis; particularly in Anambra State was caused by the attempt to impose a state chairman on the people by the suspended chairman of the Board of Trustees of the party.
He said â€œa delegation from the partyâ€™s National Headquarters will soon visit Anambra State to streamline PPA in order to ensure that the majority have their way.”
A statement by the Director, Media Affairs of the PPA, Mr. Unimke Nawa in Akure said the person preferred by the former governor was not popular among members.
Akerele said â€œmajority of local government areas in the state had their preference for a candidate which the Kalu faction did not support.
The present factionalisation of the party, according to him â€œwas as a result of the determination of democrats in the party to ensure the will of members prevailed.
He regretted that the result of the truncated state congress had to be announced in Enugu where the purported chairman, Frank Igboka was declared and inaugurated.
Speaking on the death of the Lagos lawyer and social crusader Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Akerele urged â€œNigerians to live a selfless life of service to humanity as exemplified by the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi.
Akerele who said Fawehinmi had lived a useful life which had been of benefit to all Nigerians, appealed to all tiers of governments to immortalize the late legal luminary….says he is dictatorial