… As Ohakim, Araraume Fight Dirty At Party Secretariat
Female governorship aspirant in Imo State and member representing Owerri Senatorial Zone in the senate, Senator Chris ND Anyanwu yesterday got in a slapping match with the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ezinihitte Local Government Area of the state, Mr. Chinemerem Madu over the control of the party’s delegate election which took place last Saturday.
According to sources, during the delegates election, Senator Anyanwu suspected that the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha had manipulated the entire process and went to Ezinihitte Mbaise to see things for herself.
When she got to the LGA party secretariat in Itu where materials for the election were supposed to be distributed, she noticed that the election did not hold. Rather, a list of Ihedioha’s loyalists was compiled as the names of the elected delegates.
gathered that she immediately demanded to see the list but the party chairman, a loyalist of Ihedioha refused to let her have her way.
This warranted the senator to slap the man on the chest, while the chairman quickly responded with a hot slap on the senator’s face, an action that led some of the senator’s aides to rush in. but before their arrival, the two politicians were already separated.
In a similar vein, the meeting for all governorship aspirants in the Imo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, almost turned violent Saturday following the threat by Senator Ifeanyi Araraume to slap former governor of the state, Chief Ikedi Ohakim.
According to PDP sources, the meeting, which was held at the state PDP secretariat, Owerri, ahead of the party’s ward congresses, saw the two leaders in heated argument about a petition filed to the national delegation from Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of the state. The two leaders are from Isiala Mbano Council area.
When Araraume arrived the party’s state secretariat in the morning, he was noticed shouting to nobody in particular, “why should that happen? That shouldn’t happen and it can’t happen”
The source disclosed that the two men were actually fighting over who to control the party machinery in their LGA and Okigwe zone in general.
learnt, started when Ohakim approached the chairman of the Congress delegation, Hon. Umar Kumaila, and told him that before he would start distributing election materials for the congress, he should first of all look into the petition from Isiala Mbano. The petition, it was learnt, was written against the senator’s governorship aspiration.
But, the senator was said to have rained abuses on the former governor and threatened to slap him.
In a fit of anger, Ohakim, was said to have exploded and shoved the senator first before some fellow aspirants intervened and prevented the situation from getting ugly.
Immediately, Ohakim stormed out of the meeting and could not speak to journalists who were waiting to hear from him.
It was the same situation for Araraume, as he would not be patient to speak with the press.