*State exco vows not to handover to caretaker c’ttee
ByÂ Henry Umoru
ABUJAâ€”THE sacked State Executive of the Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has vowed to remain in office, just as the members of the exco had said that they would not hand over to the Dr.Osita Ogbu’s led Caretaker Committee.
According to them, the national leadership of the party was wrong in the first place to have announced their removal and their replacement with a Caretaker Committee.
Speaking with Journalists in Abuja,Â yesterday, the Publicity Secretary of the sacked executive, Mr. Afam Ilounoh, noted that in spite of the fact that the members of the executive were already in court challenging their removal, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor went ahead to dissolve their exco.
Ilounoh, who noted that though the members of the executive were inaugurated in 2005, but could not function becauseÂ the party disrupted their activities by sacking them for two years,Â that they were also returned to office in April 2007.
â€œWe will not handover to any caretaker committee because we have gone to court to challenge our purported removal. Besides that, we are supposed to be in office for four years. Yes, we were elected in 2005 but our tenure was disrupted in 2006, when the NWC constituted a caretaker committee. Our mandate was restored to us in April 2007 via a letter from the NWC.
â€œYou can see that we still have two years to spend according to the constitution of the party, which has been confirmed by an Abuja High Court. Our constitutionÂ does not recognise a caretaker committee,â€ he said.
The sacked Publicity Secretary,Â who requested to know why the National Working Committee(NWC) of the party must go to Enugu State to choose a leader for them, noted that it meant that no one person was qualified in Anambra State to head such a Committee.
According to Ilounoh, Soludo was not known by party members, just as he reiterated that millions of stakeholders in the state were not happy with the way and manner he was picked, adding that the partyâ€™s gubernatorial candidate had failed to reach out to people or even visited the partyâ€™s secretariat.