AS the race for the chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party heightened yesterday, Vanguard gathered that one major contender for the post is former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim. It was learnt that he is being sponsored by those who were shortchanged at the convention where the present National Working Committee, NWC members emerged.
Anyim is seen as one of the strong contenders, but he may not have the support of his governor, Martins Elechi of Ebonyi who is said not ready to support any aspirant from his state including the ex-Senate President.
The governor was said to have told the PDP National Secretary, Abubakar Baraje, on Tuesday when he visited the National Secretariat, that he was not prepared to form any alliance with Ebonyi State aspirant for the PDPâ€™s position including Anyim Pius Anyim.
Chief Dan Ulasi who is from Anambra State is also a strong contender for the position. Being a former aspirant, he had served as Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the Party in Anambra State, and National Republican Convention, NRC where he was the Chairman, among others.
Former Secretary of the Party, Okwesilieze Nwodo who until Sunday night was the favoured candidate, once left the party for the Action Congress, AC and returned following recommendations of Alex Ekwuemeâ€™s report. He is also seen as a strong contender for the position. He is from Enugu State, the same state with Ekweremadu, the Deputy Senate President.
Also from the same state with Nwodo and who is seen as former President Olusegun Obasanjoâ€™s man is former Secretary, Bernard Eze. He became the secretary of the party when Ojo Maduekwe became a minister. Eze was not an aspirant in 2008.
Senator Ike Nwachukwu, former Minister of Foreign affairs is respected in the party. He is one of the elders and he is presently the Chairman, PDP Eldersâ€™ reconciliatory Committee that has gone round the country to at least nip in the bud the crisis in the PDP States. The Committee has done its best, but the problem persists. He is from the same state with Prince Vincent Ogbulafor who has just resigned. He was also not an aspirant in 2008.