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… Cedes PDP State Chair To Imo North

… Running Mate To Imo West

… Positions Self For Another Guber Ticket

Tactically, the immediate former governor of Imo State Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha has stopped any person who may want to run for the governorship of the state under the platform of the PDP in the 2023/2024 governorship election.

This followed the last Saturday’s PDP State Congress which saw Charles Ugwu as the new State Chairman of the PDP. By implication, Okigwe zone would not field any candidate for the governorship race in the election since the position of the chairman has been ceded to them while his running mate automatically would come from Orlu zone.

 Imo State chapter of the PDP State’s congress which took place last Saturday, August first may have come and gone but has not stopped to be the object of discussion in various quarters of the state.

While some of the party faithful are at peace with the outcome others are not particularly some of the aspirants who contested the position of the state chairman but were asked to withdraw their ambition a few hours to the election to support Engr Charles Ugwu who finally emerged the State Chairman of the party.

Speaking with the Lead, one of the aspirants who would not want his name in print expressed dissatisfaction with the method employed by the leaders of the party who according to him, directed all the aspirants of the seat to surrender to Charles Ugwu few hours to the election, an act which according to him is capable of breeding factions in the party.

He, however, pointed out that PDP as a party in the opposition in Imo ought to have observed what he termed internal democracy in all assigning positions to members to another mass defection to other political parties

He pointed out that majority of the party members who left the party for APC did that mainly not because they like APC as a political party or party that is in power but for the simple fact that they were not allowed to make it puts as the officers of the party were imposed on the people like in the state.

However, political analysts are of the view that with the ceeding of the state chairmanship seat to Okigwe Zone, the immediate former Governor of Imo State Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha has prepared himself for the guber ticket of the APC in Imo.

This postulation hinges on the fact that with the emergence of Charles Ugwu who hails from Okigwe Zone as the new State’s chairman of PDP in Imo, Okigwe Zone chances of bringing an aspirant in the next election are ruled out.

In the same way, the people of Orlu Zone have given endorsement to Ihedioha to continue with the party’s ticket in the next election since equity demands that he would choose an Orlu person for the seat of Deputy.

Recall, that Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha had the Governorship Ticket Of the PDP in 2015 as well as in 2019.

While some of the party members are of the opinion that another PDP person should be given the governorship ticket of the party in the next election, having run with the party for two times, some are of the opinion that he should be allowed to complete the term terminated term of Owerri Zone.

Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha had under a controversial scenario declared winner in the 2015 Gubernatorial primaries of the PDP against senator Araraume who claimed that he won the said primaries

This singular action that Araraume saw as injustice warranted his leaving the then PDP to support Rochas Okorocha who was then the APC guber candidate.

Araraumes marriage with Okorocha paved the way for Okorocha’s victory in the 2015 election as Araraume was said to have given to Okorocha the votes of Okigwe Zone.

In 2019, Ihedioha again was declared the winner of the PDP Governorship primaries when he ran against Senator Samuel Anyanwu (Samdady).

After his victory against Samdady, same Ihedioha was declared the winner of the 2019 Governorship election in Imo by INEC though the tenure was truncated by the supreme court in January 2020 by a landmark judgment which brought Senator Hope Uzodinma as the actual winner of the 2019 Governorship election in Imo.

Major stakeholders and party delegates across the 305 INEC Electoral Wards in the 27 Local govt areas thronged the State capital yesterday to their State office where directives were given for participants to know accreditation venue. It was organized in compliance with Covid-19 protocols, ending up at the Kanu Nwankwo mini Stadium, behind Imo State University Owerri.

Speaking with Journalists, the South East Publicity Organising Secretary of the Party. Chief Victor Asams expressed delight that the PDP inspire of odds have shamed Detractors by Organising a world-class Congress to elect members of the state Exco in preparations for the Electoral challenge Come 2023 and beyond. He noted with satisfaction the conduct of the interim management of the party under chief Martin’s Ejiogu, Ag. state Chairman. 

 Also speaking, the Hon. Member Federal house the of Representatives for AbohMbaise /Ngor Okpala. Chief Bede Uchenna Ekeh, who acted as Chairman accreditation and Admin for the Congress told reporters that there were 3 Accreditation Centres that have made it easy for all. Asked to comment on the outcome, chief Ekeh who many people now address as an Evangelist posited that the successful event portends Bright futures for the Party to bounce back to power. He insists that the PDP has no alternative as a Party. He advised members to be Patient as God Has never failed.

A member of the Central planning committee of the Congress Engr. Chief  Chibuike Achigbu in his own submission described the outcome as a true reflation of Democratic principles, where people decide who leads. Chief Achigbu observed that the Party with people like Chief Engr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, a B.O.T Member with who is who in Imo politics, has little or no task to get the state on course again. He lauded committed and Imo Patriots that have kept the flag flying.

Our reporters submit that the outcome with Chief Charles Ugwu from Okigwe Zone has made it to predict where the Huber ticket for 2023 may not go.

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Odah said, “So her name is Chukwube Victoria, she told us she is a commercial sex hawker and that she has this baby which she is carrying.

The 32-year-old woman said she needed to sell the four-month-old baby boy in order to raise money to start a business of selling drinks.

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Chukwube said, “I am from Nigeria, 32 years old, a commercial sex hawker and my baby is just four months old. “I want to sell the baby at the rate of N40,000 to start up a business. I have a fridge and I reside at Ogbe Hausa in Abakaliki.”

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