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PDP Chair: Nwodo’s cross and hurdles

By Henry UMORU, Abuja
THE leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and President of the Country, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan would on Tuesday finally put an end to the  fight for Prince Vincent Ogbulafor’s replacement as Chairman of the party.

There  were very strong indications on Thursday that the     former National Secretary of the PDP, Dr. Okwesileze Nwodo would be presented to members of the National Executive Committee, NEC of the party for endorsement at its meeting slated for Tuesday, June 8, 2010 .

It was gathered that Nwodo who was a  governor of Enugu state has the support of the governors with his governor, Sullivan Chime actually pushing his case. It was claimed that Governor Chime travelled with the President to France where he was said to have impressed it on the President the need to have Nwodo as chairman.

Also in the race are former National Secretary, Bernard Eze who also hails from Enugu, Senator Ike Nwachukwu from Abia, Chief Dan Ulasi from Anambra State, former Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the PDP in his state; Chief Fidelis Ozichukwu former National Vice Chairman, South-East from Imo State; Chief Rex Onyeabo who once served as Acting National Secretary in 1999; ex-Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim and Mao Ohuabunwa from Abia State.

There were a lot of reservations and criticisms raised about Nwodo which did not go down  well with some members of the party. Some of the issues raised were that  he has a court case pending and  he was yet to be discharged and acquitted on merit.

Others said  that in 2003, he dumped the PDP for the All Peoples Party, APP where he contested under the party for the Nsukka Senatorial Election and lost. He later left the APP and joined the Action Congress, AC where he was the party’s agent.

Not satisfied with the activities of AC and when Vice President Atiku Abubakar left the party to join others in forming the Mega Party, Nwodo once again joined them in the project in 2008 and he finally returned to the party in June 2009.

Despite all these, the former National Secretary of the Party who was replaced by Ogbulafor is being favoured to replace Ogbulafor as National Chairman of Party.


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