April 20, 2010

Crisis in Imo PDP worries national leadership

By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—The unending wrangling among loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Imo State, is now a source of serious worry to the national leadership of the party.

Already, the PDP National Legal Adviser, Chief Olusola Oke, has sent out invitations to Imo PDP stakeholders on behalf of the National Working Committee’s, NWC, Special Committee on Imo PDP.

The raging problem, according to Vanguard investigations, started during the immediate past Achike Udenwa administration and has remained unresolved till date.

The party was factionalised into the Abuja Group and Redemption 98, the political campaign machine of former Governor Achike Udenwa, which the adherents fondly tagged “Onongaono.”

Vanguard also recalls that it was the same internal schism that informed the party’s refusal to give Senator Ifeanyi Araraume its gubernatorial ticket, and seriously worked against him even after the Supreme Court revalidated his ticket on the party’s platform.

Events have since proved that the same internal crisis, which compelled Chief Ikedi Ohakim to try his luck under the umbrella of Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, has persisted even after he returned to the PDP.

As at press time, different issues are before some courts, a development that had informed the NWC of the party to invite all stakeholders to a meeting in Abuja.

The list of invitees is all encompassing but what political watchers in the state have to wonder is whether this outing will bring lasting peace to the embattled Imo PDP.