By Dennis Agbo
Abakalikiâ€”The Progressive Peopleâ€™s Alliance, PPA, inauguration was disrupted in Ebonyi State as persons loyal to the sacked state chairman, Mr. Anselm Enigwe besieged the partyâ€™s secretariat.
The hoodlums were seen carrying placards with inscription, â€œRemove Enigwe and PPA will die in Ebonyi State,â€ â€œWe are in support of Enigweâ€ and “Enigwe is the man to deliver PPA in Ebonyi”.
They converged atÂ the secretariat as early as 10 a.m., locked up the office and blocked the entrances to the premises, thereby disrupting the inauguration of the new caretaker committee slated to commence at noon.
The party had been engulfed in leadership crisis following the removal of theÂ partyâ€™s chairman.
The national leadership of the party led by its National Secretary, Alhaji Dahiru Abdullahi arrived the party secretariat at about 2 p.m. but could not gain entrance into the party office.
The situation made the officials of the party to hold the inauguration outside the party office.
Alhaji Dahiru said that the National Working Committee of the party, pursuant to Article W (d) 2 of the constitution of the party, had to dissolve the State Executive Committee of the party.
He said the dissolution was predicated on the lingering crisis within the state leadership.
â€œThe dissolution was predicated on the lingering crisis within the state leadership and the need toÂ strategically reposition the party to meet the challenges ahead, especially the 2011 general elections and the local government election billed for July 10, 2010 in the state,â€ he said.
According to him, the 13 member committee constituted by the NWC, is to direct the affairs of the party pending the conduct of a fresh congress that would usher in a substantive state executive.
Mr .Cyril Obazi, the new Caretaker Committee Chairman said his committee would soon reorganise the party in the state to enable it participate in the forth coming local government election and the general elections in 2011as well reconcile all aggrieved members of the party.
â€œPPA being the only alternative party in the state, a lot of people are scrambling to join us and this has created a little problem within the party. But my committee will reach out to everyone to ensure that the party becomes stronger and win elections in the state,â€™â€™ Obazi said.