By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”FORMER Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Ebonyi State, Chief Obinna Ogba has urged the national leadership of the party to be more cautious and tactful in handling the current intra-party crisis in the state, to avoid ruining its chances in the forthcoming general elections in the state.
Chief Ogba, who spoke with reporters in Enugu against the backdrop of recent crisis that had factionalized the Ebonyi State Chapter of PDP, condemned statement credited to the national chairman of the party, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor that the crisis in Ebonyi State was the handiwork of some highly placed individuals from the state.
A media report had also quoted Ogbulafor as warning that the party would not hesitate to wield the big stick if the so-called highly placed individuals fail to retrace their steps.
But speaking on the issue yesterday, Ogba who was also a PDP gubernatorial aspirant in the 2007 governorship election in Ebonyi, described Ogbulaforâ€™s statement on the Ebonyi crisis â€œas hasty and appears to reveal a leadership style that cost the party victory in Anambra State,â€ adding â€œand may well do more damage to the fortunes of the party in the entire South East in the coming elections.â€
â€œI am compelled to make this swift response because as a former state chairman of the PDP in Ebonyi that led the party to victory in 2003 and 2007, I feel deeply concerned about the dwindling fortunes of the party in my state and the national chairmanâ€™s apparent ignorance of the facts on ground,â€ Ogba said.