By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€” REACTIONSÂ trailed yesterday the ward congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra state conducted on Monday with two participants rejecting the exercise and calling for its cancellation.
Senators Ikechukwu Obiorah and Annie Okonkwo, both governorship aspirants urged PresiÂ dent Umaru Yarâ€™Adua to intervene on the issue in Anambra PDP immediately, if the party hopes to with the 2010 governorship election.
Addressing a crowded press conference in Awka, Senator Obiorah said, â€œI want to agree with you that the congress was marred by violence. A list was purportedly given to the appeal committee by Suswam before he left.
There were areas where elections were held and some people courageously got duplicates of the result sheets and what was released did not totally with what happened in the field.
â€œI can therefore not be a party to this charade. A lot of money had gone into this exercise, given the number of people that bought forms to participate, only for a prepared list to be pasted. I therefore mourn for our people for the loss of their money when a list had already been prepared beforehand.
â€œIt is wrong to say people should be ashamed of the situation in Anambra state. Rather, the organisers of the charade should be ashamed of themselves. Up till now, no result has been released. What is available is the list of the so-called delegates and there is nothing for the appeal committee to rely on. I keep saying it that marginalization can only cease when people are allowed to elect their leaders. A fair process must be adopted, otherwise we are heading back to the era of destruction of property.
â€œFor now, I suspend further participation in the governorship race. Let those who want to control the affairs of our state from outside continue for now. I have not backed our completely. I only suspended my participation in the process.Â I will keep the receipt of the money I paid because that is what I will use to challenge them later,” he said.