Anambra PDP: Anarchy again!


By Vincent Ujumadu
the Recent moves by concerned stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Anambra State to harmonise the different factions of the party that historically antagonised one another to the delight of smaller parties may have run into a hitch.
The divisions have indeed become sharper as a group led by the party’s immediate past governorship candidate, Comrade Tony Nwoye has taken up arms against the mainstream led by the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh. A third force led by Chief Chris Uba is standing by.
THE new faction led by Tony Nwoye surfaced last
Thursday and has Prince Ossy Ezenwa as state chairman, while Chief Basil Ejidike is the
state secretary.

unexpectedlly, Ezenwa, a former secretary to the Anambra State government during the Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju administration, was the director general of the Tony Nwoye Campaign Organization during the 2013 governorship election contest. He was favoured to be the state chairman if his group had participated at the congress.
Nwoye had cried foul when Metuh, who is from Anambra State, published an advertorial fixing the ward, local government and state congresses of the party in the state and gave aspirants to the various positions two working days to go through the processes of purchasing and processing forms and making payments for the exercise. Incidentally, the two days between the day of the publication and the commencement of the ward congress, were public holidays, which meant that most of the aspirants did not have the opportunity to meet the requirements.
Despite protests by Nwoye and his group, which included some founding members of PDP, the national headquarters of the party still sent a committee to conduct the congresses and at the end of which, Prince Kenneth Emeakayi, a trusted Metuh man emerged the state chairman.
Common executive
Other key offices were distributed to party members who had clubbed with Metuh to forge a common executive including senators, members of the House of Representatives among others.
On the day of the state congress, the Nwoye group stayed away and rather than go into the field, convened a meeting of its stakeholders from the 21 local government areas in Awka to decide on their next move. At the end of the meeting, the group issued a statement describing the congress held by Olisa Metuh –led group as a nullity and of no effect because there was no level –playing field for all the aspirants. To the group, the people that emerged as officials were predetermined, a claim they said, was contrary to the wishes of the majority of the PDP members for a credible congress.
When it became obvious that Metuh and his associates were bent on having their way, the Nwoye group decided to go its own way. This development has re-enacted the disunity that had existed in the party, which had been responsible for its consistent poor outing during elections in Anambra State.
At the heart of the greivances of the Nwoye group it was learned was their lack of confidence on the executive members some of who it was alleged had in the past played anti-party.
The Nwoye group also passed a vote of no confidence on Metuh, demanding his immediate resignation. In their view, Metuh has set his sight on becoming the next national organizing secretary of PDP and is doing everything possible to put those he considers as his trusted people in the state in readiness for the national convention.
The group at a well attended ceremony at the Emmaus House in Awka, last Thursday selected 21 persons as members of a factional state executive committee. 18 persons were also selected in each of the 21 local government areas and 17 in each of the 326 political wards in the state, making up a total of 6,941 officials at the three levels.
The ceremony provided an opportunity for the stakeholders to bare their minds on what has been happening in the party, which they said, contributed significantly to its poor showing during the last general elections.
Nwoye said:    “Metuh has stayed too long at the PDP headquarters and he should therefore leave the place as his presence there is having a bad influence on many people working in that office. We in PDP believe in equity. Those who own this party, including former vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Prince Arthur, Sir Emeka Offor, Sir Cletus Ibeto, among others, said I should tell you that you are the authentic PDP.”
“What PDP members demand is to be allowed to conduct free and fair congresses to usher in new leadership. This is where we need the assistance of the national leadership of our great party. Our members are known to accept defeat once the process is credible.
Credible process
What had been causing disaffection in Anambra PDP were attempts to foist unpopular persons as leaders. My belief is that if we get it right this time, no political party will stop us in Anambra State. Our immediate move will be to go for membership drive in all the 326 wards in the state and ensure that all the aggrieved members of the party are reconciled.”
In what appeared to suggest that his group might ultimately dump PDP for another political party, he stated: “There have been speculations as to what will be our fate in this party. While we admit that PDP remains ours, we want to use this opportunity to send signals to those who run the party that if they do not get their acts together, the All Progressives Congress, APC, will take over this state.”
The statement was in line with speculation in many quarters that there were pressures on the group to move to APC, at a time it would have dealt a big blow to the PDP structure in Anambra State. And knowing that most of the people in the group are real grassroots politicians who had remained together even in the face of the recurring crises in PDP over the years, indications are that should the group carry out the threat to move, it might result into a big problem for the party in Anambra State.
Supporters of Metuh are, however, unflinching as they at the weekend vowed that they would no longer watch their leaders being harrased.
The state chairman, Prince Ken Emeakayi,  said: “We are saying that enough is enough. Metuh has our mandate and any further attempt to harass him will be met with our collective force. One of the sins of Chief Olisah Metuh was that he has been at Wadata Plaza for the past 16 years as an officer of the party.
His rival, Ezenwa, chairman of the faction inclined to Nwoye, however, vowed that his group would not dissapoint party members in thier bid to end the hold of Metuh and Emekayi on the party. The die is indeed cast!
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