By HENRY UMORU
ABUJA—FORMER governor of old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, may have dumped the immediate past National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, just as he said he was never in any faction in the Enugu State PDP chapter and also in any time against the leadership of Engr. Vita Abba-led state executive of the party in the state.
Senator Nwobodo, a regular visitor to Wadata House before Nwodo was forced out of his office following political intrigues in the party, said in a statement he signed in Abuja yesterday that he had always supported the candidature of Governor Sullivan Chime as the PDP governorship candidate for Enugu State.
With the stand of the former governor, Nwodo is gradually losing sympathy from his former supporters.
Denying media reports that he had dumped Governor Chime for one Anayo Onwuegwu, another aspirant to Enugu Government House, the former governor said “I want to state categorically that it is not true. To the best of my knowledge, the candidacy of Governor Chime for a second term has been accepted by the PDP and in any case, I have no reason whatsoever to dump Sullivan Chime.
“I have made it known in a number of public functions that Governor Chime has brought a new lease of life in Enugu State both in infrastructural development, provision of conducive and peaceful atmosphere for the socio-economic development of the state.”
Nwobodo also said he did not belong to any faction of the PDP in Enugu State.
He recalled that in 2008, he was the chairman of the PDP Action Committee on reconciliation in the South Eastern state where he specifically ratified the leadership of the Vita Abba- led exco.
“It will, therefore, be ridiculous for anyone to associate me with any meeting of stakeholders for the purpose of encouraging factions in the party in Enugu State.”
It would be recalled that at the peak of the crisis in Enugu State PDP chapter, Nwobodo had severally led a faction of the PDP loyal to Nwodo to negotiate with Chime’s faction over the political office sharing formula.