A founding member and topflight Board of Trustees (BOT) chieftain of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Onyeabor Obi has lamented over the steady dwindling of political fortunes of the party in Anambra state since 2003.
At the same time at another rally at the Udoka Housing Estate Office of the party by the Counsellorship and Council Chairmanship candidates of the party presided over by the state chairman, Chief Ken Emeakayi the members resolved to follow-up their aspiration and the noble ideals of the party’s founding fathers, weeding out every rotten apple in their midst.
The First Republic Senator and the pioneer legal adviser and counsel to the PDP in whose chambers in Lagos the first draft proposal for what is today known as PDP was put together told the Guardian he was earlier approached by both Emeakayi executive and the zonal chairman, Chief Olisa Metuh to lead a reconciliation panel to unify all divergent opinions in the party in the state. He appreciated the zeal and drive of both men but disclosed he initially declined; pointing out it was only if permitted by Dr Alex Ekwueme.
He said it was after that, and followed by a formal letter from the acting National Secretary of the party that he accepted to mediate. That he was merely serving the National Headquarters of the party, not Metuh or Emeakayi.
But contrary to the stand taken at the meeting of council election candidates that the party’s list of contestants which was vide an open transparent primaries since 2002 remain sacrosanct, Senator Obi said his panel has not taken any stand on it yet. But that they would consider it critically with a view to presenting an acceptable and commendable copy.
But while calling for the removal of Metuh form the National executive of the party, the candidates urged him to tidy up the account records along with his uncle Chief Emma Nweze who has been indicted by two independent and external audit reports already. They bemoaned their fate since 2002 when they started spending money to see to the realization of their political aspiration.
They called for the sack of Metuh from PDP, “for anti-party activities, being that he has been working for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to ensure that PDP remained on its knees in the state”
To avoid any manipulation with the list of the candidates they have announced that a compendium of biodata of all of them would be published and circulated on the day they would be given the party flags. They also resolved to match on the Wadata Headquarters of the party, with copies of all the financial impropriety records and all their resolutions for their direct appreciation of the goings on in the state.