By Anayo Okoli
Umuahia—A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abia State and a member of the party’s Board of Trustee, BoT, Prince Benjamin Apugo, has expressed doubt over the success of the party in the state in 2011 elections.
According to him, many of the party members are grumbling and may probably work against the interest of the party.
He said the original PDP members, before Governor Theodore Orji joined the party, were left out in the realignment where the governor and the PDP were said to have shared the new structures equally.
Faults 50-50 arrangement
But Apugo insists that the said “50-50 arrangement was a kangaroo because the main PDP members who have been there over the years were left out and they are grumbling”.
He faulted the roles played by some party chieftains from the state, such as Senator Ike Nwachukwu, Chief Ojo Maduekwe and Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, in the realignment arrangement, saying they were not on ground to know who the real and original PDP members are.
Apugo, a foundation member of the party, warned that it was the similar issue of not carrying every genuine party member along in 2007 that made Chief Onyema Ugochukwu lose the election to Governor Orji who was then in detention, noting that history might repeat itself if the party leadership ignored the aggrieved members.
Blames NWC problem on Nwodo
Apugo, who blamed the problem on the National Working Committee, NWC, members of the party, led by Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, who he accused of staying in Abuja to give directives, without visiting the states to know what the problems were.
“Look at Abia, they said they had a 50-50 arrangement for old PDP members and Governor T. A. Orji. Who are those who negotiated?
“People with no political base, who are not on ground, to know who are actually members of the original PDP.
“The original PDP members are grumbling in Abia State because they were left out of the kangaroo arrangement which they called 50-50 arrangement. And it is the same grumbling that failed Onyema Ugochukwu in 2007. If the Governor does not act fast and carry everybody along, he will have himself to blame. It has happened before.
“People protested against Onyema Ugochukwu because of imposition and the same imposition is coming again. Go to the wards, local governments and the state committees of the party, you see who were appointed as caretaker leaders. Some of them don’t even know what happens there. Let us see how it will work.
“I am home-based, not Abuja politician, I have my grassroots. I have made people in politics. I have toured round the country, so I know what politics is all about,” Apugo said.