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Chime, Nwodo family rift deepens

By Tony Edike
ENUGU—THE political feud between Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State and camp of the National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, appears to have reached a feverish point as Nwodo’s younger brother, Chief John Nnia Nwodo Jnr, yesterday, withdrew his services to the state government.

Chief Nwodo, a former Minister of Information, resigned his appointment as Chairman of  Enugu Centenary Committee, charged with the responsibility of organizing the 100-year anniversary celebration of Enugu Coal City.

In his resignation letter dated October 18, 2010, and addressed to the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Nwodo said he was resigning due to what he described as fundamental differences between him and the governor.

“Due to fundamental differences between the State governor and myself, I regret to inform you of my decision to resign forthwith as Chairman of Enugu Centenary Committee,” Nwodo stated in the letter to the SSG, copies of which were made available to newsmen yesterday.

He also returned to the SSG the Nissan Teana car which the state government made available to him to conduct the activities of his office.

“I am sending copies of this letter to the Deputy Chairman (of the committee), Msgr. Obiora Ike and the Secretary, Mr. Vin Martin Ilo, who will forward to you a comprehensive report of all activities and undertakings of the committee.

Our bank, UBA ,to whom a copy of this letter is also being sent, is by this letter informed of the withdrawal of my signature from the committee’s account with effect from today, 18th October, 2010,” Nwodo further wrote.

The former Minister was said to have disagreed with the governor over some political issues, particularly the style adopted by the state leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the selection of candidates for the National Assembly and House of Assembly positions.

Nwodo and his elder brother, who is currently the PDP National Chairman, had reportedly disagreed with the governor and  his supporters in PDP over alleged decision to allow current members of the National Assembly from the state to return for another term, an issue that is generating ripples among  party members in the state.

Although Nwodo did not give details of his disagreement with the governor, it was learnt that both parties fell apart shortly after the emergence of Dr. Nwodo as PDP Chairman.   The Nwodos, who were in the same political camp with Governor Chime before Nwodo’s appointment as PDP leader, later disagreed with the governor’s camp over the selection process of PDP candidates for the forthcoming elections among other issues.

This, as learnt, led to the ‘silent war’ between the two camps which resulted to agitations by Nwodo’s supporters for the dissolution of the State Executive Committee of PDP currently led by Engr. Vita Abba, which the governor’s camp has resisted.

Efforts to get the reaction of the two camps yesterday proved abortive as neither the governor’s side nor the Nwodos were ready to speak on the development.

An aide to the governor, however, confirmed that Nwodo’s resignation letter and his official cars had been received by the government.


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