BY CHIDI NKWOPARA
IMO State governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, formally left the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) yesterday and pitched his tent with the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The PPA leadership is threatening to drag the decampee to court. Speaking to welcome Ohakim into the PDP family, President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua described the governor as â€œa treasure to PDPâ€, adding that they were in Owerri to celebrate his return to the party, as well as his good work in Imo State.
Commending members of the state House of Assembly for working harmoniously with Ohakim in the past two years, the president linked the success of the state administration to this singular act. â€œToday, Imo State has returned 100 percent to PDP. We should consolidate on the gains. Nigerians are great people and Nigeria is a great nation. I charge the Governor to continue to serve the people betterâ€, the president said.
Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo,, said â€œWe are not just celebrating the re-entry of Governor Ohakim into the PDP, but we are celebrating integrity, honour, promises made and promises fulfilledâ€.
He recalled how in 2007, the PDP leadership scrambled for who should enter into an accord with party, when it was clear that the coast was not clear for the party in Imo State. Speaking at the event, Ohakim said that no fewer than 600 members of 21 political parties in the state were decamping from their various parties and collapsing into the PDP.
Meanwhile, strong feelers from the leadership of PPA indicated that it is already fine tuning the legal processes to do a serious battle with the governor. The stand of PPA may not be unconnected with the initial threat issued by former governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, during a recent interview with a national newspaper.
Sunday Vanguard gathered that PPA has already assembled lawyers to drag Ohakim to court. The National Chairman of PPA, Chief Clement Ebri, said: â€œWe hasten to say with all emphasis at our command that PPA will never condone a situation whereby its platform will be used to attain a political post, only for the beneficiary to decamp and still cling to that positionâ€.