ByÂ Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”ABIA State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,Â has denied any alliance with the 2011 re-election ambition of Governor Theodore Orji, saying that the Governor had not returned to the party.
The party said that those who are currently spreading the rumour were fraudulent persons, trying to dupe unsuspecting politicians and embarrass the leadership of the party in the state.
The party, while briefing newsmen in Umuahia, shortly after its emergency executive council meeting in the state, disassociated itself from what it called â€œfraudulent contraptions designed to confuse Abians and malign the leadership of the partyâ€.
“Specifically, Abia PDP completely denied any link with a certain group which parades itself as â€˜PDP- Ochendo Re-runâ€™ and â€˜Abia Re-union,” which it alleged were led by one Chief Allen Nwachukwu.
Briefing journalists before issuingÂ a communique after the meeting, the state chairman of the party, Chief Ndidi Okereke, said that the group has been going about â€œdeceiving PDP faithful and teeming Abians that they have the mandate of PDP leadership to canvass support for the re-election of Governor Orji under the umbrella of our great party, PDP.â€
He maintained that Governor Orji had not returned to the party and that the party does not bar anybody from joining, but insisted that who ever want to join the party should register through the proper channel.
The communique by the party said, â€œthe PDP Abia State has observed with disgust that a certain group that parades itself as PDP-Ochendo Re-run or Abia re-union led by one Chief Nwachukwu has been going about deceiving PDP faithful and teeming Abians that they have the mandate of the PDP leadership to canvass support for re-election of Governor Orji under the umbrella of our great party, PDP.
â€œThis development has caused and continued to cause our party leadership and teeming faithful great consternation and embarrassment. Abia State PDP hereby disassociate itself from this fraudulent contraptions designed to confuse Abians and malign the leadership of our party.
â€œFor the avoidance of doubt, Chief Orji is not a member of PDP and there is no alliance with him and his party for any electoral purposes at all,” the party said.