By Tony Edike
ENUGU—THE leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the South East zone, yesterday, waded into the crisis rocking the party in Enugu State over the dissolution of the executive led by Chief Vita Abba by setting up a five-man peace committee, headed by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
A press statement issued by the party’s National Vice Chairman, South East, Chief Olisa Metuh, also listed other members of the committee as the Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, governors of Abia, Thoedore Orji, Imo, Ikedi Ohakim, and Ebonyi, Martin Elechi.
The statement said the committee had been charged to restore complete peace in Enugu PDP as well as reconcile political interests therein.
Noting that it would no longer tolerate the activities of those he described as “the enemies of Igbo nation who are fanning embers of discord”, Metuh gave the committee one week to complete its assignment.
The PDP in the state had been embroiled in a major crisis since the dissolution of the state executive by the party’s National Chairman, Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo, who relied on a letter purportedly written to the party by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which complained that it would not recognise candidates thrown up in the states where party congresses were not properly conducted.
Since the dissolution, a lot of media attacks have been hauled on Nwodo, while the Enugu state House of Assembly called for his immediate resignation.
The Deputy Senate President, Ekweremadu in response however faulted the action of Nwodo in dissolving the executive insisting that the Vita Abba-led executive remained intact and cannot be changed by anybody including the National chairman.
“The Enugu PDP structure is very much intact and cannot be tampered with by anybody including those at the party’s National Secretariat.
There is no way we would allow somebody to cause problem in the state, we are peaceful and have remained so since 2008 when the congress that brought the executive was conducted,” he told a cheering crowd while flagging off his campaign for re-election in his Enugu west senatorial zone.
On his part, Governor Sullivan Chime equally faulted the dissolution order, saying that anybody who was not comfortable with the structure of the party in the state could as well look for political platform to realise his aspiration other than PDP.