A fresh bitter leadership crisis appears to be rocking the Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra state with the leadership of Ken Emeakayi claiming to have unified all the bickering factions.
But at the weekend he used a court order and police backing to stop a ‘grand rally’ planned by a hitherto unknown faction propelled by the Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Technical Matters, Mr Akachukwu Nwamkpo.
The group which operates under the name, Anambra Fresh Congress Group of the PDP, with Pastor Emma Obiora as chairman incensed the Emeakayi executive on whether they were planning to organize a fresh congress of the party or whether they were unveiling a new party and logo but surreptitiously using the platform of the PDP.
Emekayi noted that neither Nwamkpo nor Obiora brought him or any member of his executive into the picture, thereby making him very worried about their original aim and intentions. He also wondered whether it was a ploy to set the state executive under his leadership at loggerheads with the national headquarters, as well as against the President by fixing the day for the so-called grand rally to fall on the same day the entire PDP family were in Otuoke, Bayelsa state, burying and mourning the President’s younger brother.
However, Obiora in a quick reaction yesterday told journalists that the rally was with the full backing of all the presidential aides from the state as well as all the National and state assembly members from the state who were elected under the platform of the PDP. He said they had mobilized massively the grassroots to come and voice their intention for a fresh congress of the party to elect new state executive.
He said the rally which gulped above N37million was botched by Emeakayi who he also accused of threatening his life and those of his executives. That vehicles to bring members from the 326 wards in the state, canopies, tents, chairs, hotel accommodations, entertainment and other logistics had been arranged and paid for.
But Emeakayi has refuted the allegation, claiming he know nothing about Obiora or any of his executive, pointing out that he would not have gone to court if he was a violent-minded man.
Emeakayi also said he has put calls to some of those listed by the group and found out they were merely name-dropping. He confirmed he took over the reins of power in the party last year for a 4-year term.
Obiora said they have made formal report to the state security service on the threat to their lives and were already working hard to vacate the court injunction, so as to proceed with the rally.