By Tony Edike
THE South-East Zonal Working Committee, ZWC, of the Peoplesâ€™ Democratic Party, PDP, Monday, approved the waiver granted Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo by the Enugu State Chapter of the party to qualify him for nomination or appointment as National Chairman of the party.
The partyâ€™s National Vice-Chairman in the zone, Chief Olisa Metuh, who said this after the ZWC meeting in Enugu, added: â€œNwodo is competent, capable and equipped with the requisite capacity to hold any party office having been a former governor, National Secretary, member of the Board of Trustees as well as one of the founding fathers of the party.â€
He explained that by the waiver granted in accordance with Articles 16.4 and 17.2 (g) of the PDP Constitution, Nwodo was now free to occupy the Chairmanship position, adding that the zonal leadership was confident that he had the capacity to restore the lost glory of the party and make it more acceptable to Nigerians.
Metuh also announced that the South-East zonal leadership had granted political amnesty to all members of the party in Anambra State, particularly persons who left the party or indulged in anti-party activities which robbed the party of the governorship seat in the last election.
He said:â€œWith regard to Anambra State, political amnesty is granted to all persons who left our party or indulged in anti-party activities and a waiver is hereby given to them to qualify them to be nominated, elected or appointed into any office in accordance with Article 16.4 of our party constitution. The amnesty will last for three months.â€
He, however, stated that the amnesty would come with a caveat making it mandatory for all members to abide by the charter of loyalty whereby they would undertake not to dump the party in the event of losing any election or for any other reason.
Metuh said that the National Assembly members and political office holders from the South East had been directed to pursue the delivery of democracy dividends to the zone to enhance its political fortunes.
While lamenting the poor state of federal roads in the South East, Metuh called on the relevant authorities to urgently address the problem to alleviate the suffering of the people and to enable the PDP retain the peopleâ€™s support in forthcoming general elections.
On the rehabilitation of federal highways in the zone, Metuh accused contractors handling these projects of sabotage, stressing that their performance was unacceptable.
He said:â€œWe are totally disappointed with the roles being played by engineers in the Federal Ministry of Works regarding monitoring of the road contractors. While the contractors are doing shoddy jobs the engineers have chosen to look the other way and this is largely responsible for the failure of the federal roads shortly after their rehabilitation.â€