By Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKIâ€”Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stalwart and former Commissioner for Lands in Enugu State, Deacon Okey Ogbodo, has canvassed that Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo be made theÂ partyâ€™s national chairman in the true spirit of reconciliation which theÂ ruling party had dissipated so much energy, time and money to achieve.
Ogbodo said all the partyâ€™s several efforts at reconciliation would amount to a nullity if Dr. Nwodo was denied the PDP job, simply because he was aggrieved by some members of the party who made him leave in annoyance, later reconciled and came back to the party.
The PDP chieftain, who noted Nwodoâ€™s position as the partyâ€™s founding national secretary, further argued that there were currently few members of the party who understood the philosophy of PDP as Nwodo who founded the party but was later hijacked by â€œhawksâ€ currently canvassing against the nomination of Nwodo.
â€œWhere then lies the importance of Ekwueme reconciliation committee, the Jim Nwobodo committee, the Ozichukwu committee and a host of other reconciliation committees that were set up?â€ he said.
He maintained that if President Jonathan allowed those kicking against the candidacy of Nwodo to have their way, then the party should expect more crises in the coming election, advising that PDP members should have a large heart of accommodation to achieve its slogan of being the largest party in Africa.
Ogbodo noted that Nwodo would bring about peace, stability and internal democracy that the party members have so much desired.
â€œI know Okwy Nwodo as a private person, I also knew him as governor of old Enugu State and I knew him as the secretary of the PDP who stood by the principles of the PDP, especially at the Jos convention in 1998.
â€œI can, therefore, tell you that I have confidence that he will deliver the party to the desired level,â€ said Ogbodo.