By Vincent Ujumadu
AS the leadership crisis in the Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rages, the national leadership of the party has continued to keep its supporters in the state guessing, just as some stakeholders continue to differ on the way forward for the party in the state.
When a group that called itself concerned members of the party in the South East held a meeting in Enugu, last week, with the national chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor and former vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme in attendance, it was thought a lasting solution to the lingering crisis was going to be found.
But when the party made a u-turn after issuing a statement, PDP supporters in the state knew that an end to the crisis was not in sight. The worry of some people was that with the 2010 governorship election barely five months away, the crisis might make it difficult for PDP to field a winning candidate for the election.
Some of the stakeholders, including the former state secretary, Prince Kenneth Emeakayi and former South East financial secretary, Emeka Agbapuonwu have insisted that the way forward was that fresh congresses should be held to elect officials that would conduct primaries to pick the partyâ€™s candidate.
In particular, Emeakayi was of the view that the present leadership of the party in the state consisted of people who left at one time for another political party, adding that it was against the PDP constitution to entrust the affairs of the party into their hands.
He had since gone to court to challenge the national leadership of PDP on that issue. But another stakeholder, Chief George Okoye argued that any attempt to hold congress before the governorship election would not be in the interest of the party as there would be the likelihood of some forces manipulating it.