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Enugu PDP crisis deepens as Ekweremadu dares Nwodo

*Says nobody can change the existing party structurel Nnaji, two others suspended

By Tony Edike

ENUGU— DEPUTY Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, has said the move by some members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Enugu State to change the existing structure of the party by pushing for the dissolution of the Vita Abba-led executive committee will never succeed.

Ekweremadu declared that nobody, including PDP National Chairman, Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo, could change the state party structure or dissolve its present executive, stressing that the current crisis within the party should be regarded as an internal affair that would soon be resolved.

This came even as the leadership of the party in some local government areas of the state has commenced the process of sanctioning some top members of the party and supporters of Nwodo who allegedly masterminded the purported dissolution of the state executive.

The party’s hammer fell on the Presidential Adviser on Power, Professor Bartholomew Nnaji, from Nkanu East local government at the weekend as he was suspended along with two others for alleged anti-party activities by his Amechi-Idodo/Oruku Ward Executive of the party.

Prof. Nnaji and two other members from the ward, Okaibe Banko and Morris Ede, said to be working with the Nwodo group that is strongly opposed to Governor Sullivan Chime and the state party executive, were suspended for convening illegal meetings against the interest of the party.

Ekweremadu, who spoke during his senatorial briefing of Udi and Ezeagu Local government areas where he announced his intention to return for the senate in 2011, asked members of PDP in the state not to allow themselves to be deceived by desperate politicians who, he said, were bent on causing confusion in the state.

He said: “We have experienced some unfortunate developments within our party in the last two weeks. As you are aware, in order to ensure equitable participation of all, we agreed to work for the emergence of one of our own as National Chairman of the PDP.  As I said in 2008, I want to repeat that nobody will change this (party) structure and it can never change.”


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