By Tony Edike
ENUGU—THE South East Zonal Working Committee, ZWC of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said it was not disturbed by the plethora of litigations and crisis rocking the party in some states of the zone few months to the general elections.
The ZWC said efforts had been made to ensure that the party’s candidates, especially all the four governors of Abia, Imo, Ebonyi and Enugu states, were re-elected in forthcoming elections.
Briefing newsmen after its emergency meeting in Enugu, the party’s Zonal Secretary, Mr. Vincent Okpalaeke, said the party was also not disturbed by the seeming resurgence of some opposition political parties determined to wrest power from the PDP, stating that “with time, they will all fizzle out.”
Okpalaeke said the ZWC had directed all the five state chapters of the party to immediately commence door-to-door campaign, instead of open rallies, saying the essence of that strategy was for the party to be able to reach the electorate directly.
In addition, the party has also directed all its five chairmen to set up reconciliation committees at the state level with the intention of reaching out to all those who may have lost out in the party’s primaries at various levels and may want to work against the party’s candidates in the main elections.
He said: “We are not leaving anything to chance. We have submitted the list of our candidates and INEC has equally acknowledged same. At this time, we are embarking on door-to-door campaign instead of open rallies. We are taking the party much closer to the people.
We intend to market our achievements to the people to give them the opportunity to return all our candidates during the April elections.”
Okpalaeke also announced that state chapters had been directed to organise inter-denominational services at the local government levels before commencing the campaigns, saying “we want to seek the face of God before doing any other thing.
“The essence of the inter-denominational services is to hand over all our activities to God; we believe that with God all things are possible, including our victories at the poll. We are going to seek forgiveness for perceived actions or inactions of the party which did not go down well with voters in the South East and we believe that God will assist in healing the wounds,” he stated.
On the order stopping the party from fielding Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu as candidate, the ZWC said PDP has firm belief in the rule of law, stating however that they still had option of appeal and until that is exhausted; Chime remains the party’s choice.
Okpalaeke said the meeting was an extended Zonal Working Committee meeting as chairmen of the party in the five states attended.