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Nwodo emerges PDP Chairman

President Goodluck Jonathan (right) congratulating the new Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP, National Chairman, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, after his swearing in at the 51st National Executive Committee meeting of the party in Abuja.

ABUJA—THE National Executive Committee, NEC, of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, finally adopted the party’s former National Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Okwesilieze Nwodo as the new National Chairman.

The decision was taken at the end of the 51st NEC meeting of the party held at the Wadata Plaza, National Secretariat of the Party, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja.

The adoption put to an end weeks of intrigues and insinuations on who would replace Prince Vincent Eze Ogbulafor’s who resigned 13 May, as the National Chairman of the party.

Though there was no briefing at the meeting, Vanguard gathered that during the closed-door meeting, a memo asking for a waiver was read by the Deputy National Chairman, Alhaji Bello Mohammed who was until yesterday the party’s acting National Chairman.

A motion was said to have been moved which was seconded by the Ekiti Chairman of the party and the members immediately adopted it.

It was also gathered that when Bello Mohammed brought up the issue of Nwodo as the new Chairman of the Party, it was suggested that the matter be presented properly in the form of motion and it was at this point that a member of NEC, Aisha Nana Kadiri, moved that Nwodo should become the National Chairman of the Party.

She was seconded by an ex-officio member from the South-East and at the end of the day, he was adopted without any opposition.

Vanguard also learnt that the PDP Reform Forum’s quest for constitutional reform was brought up for discussion at the NEC, but that the Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sullivan Chime raised a constitutional matter that any group of persons who formed another body outside the PDP should be regarded as antagonistic and punished for that.

He was also said to have suggested that issues raised by the PDP Reform Forum should not be discussed by NEC, adding that they should rather be punished by the party.

At the end of the day, a motion was then moved by a PDP Chairman of one of the North Central states that the matter should be thrown out.

The motion was seconded by a serving Senator also from the North Central and that automatically closed the chapter of the reform group.


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