By Sebastine Obasi
SOME chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Imo State, have advised the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, to apologise to Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, if he wishes to get the support of the Imo people in his bid to become the governor of the state.
Ararume is challenging the declaration of Ihedioha as the winner of the PDP governorship primaries in court.
In a statement by the PDP chieftains on the platform of Concerned Chieftains of Imo PDP and signed by Mr. George Okoronkwo, they expressed disaffection over the inability of Ihedioha to recognise his fellow governorship aspirants in his speech during the presidential rally in Owerri on January 17.
According to Okoronkwo, who is also the national leader of Imo Equity Assembly, “during the presidential rally in Owerri, we expected Hon. Emeka Ihedioha to use the opportunity to extend an olive branch to his fellow PDP governorship aspirants such as Senator Chris Anyanwu, Hon. Bethel Amadi, Professor Jude Njoku, Senator Bright Nwanne, Chief Emma Ojinere and Evang. Chrisbrown Amadi.
Ihedioha should do everything possible to reach out to Senator Ararume and his former boss and friend, Ikedi Ohakim.
He claimed that the protest votes against Ohakim in 2011 supplementary election in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area was because of Ihedioha, warning that “going into 2015 elections with a divided PDP will not be healthy for the party.”