Why the Imo State Chapter of the PDP is still leaking its wounds over the mass defection of its members to the ruling All Progressives Congress, more people may still leave the party for the same APC.
Although, the member representing Orlu, Orsu and Oru East Federal House of Representatives, Asiwaju Jerry Alagbaoso in his recent discussion with journalists made it clear that he was still a member of the PDP feelers have it that the 3-time ranking member of the House of Representatives who is also the apex leader of the party in Orlu zone by the virtue of his position may soon dump the party for the APC.
Asiwaju who in the said meeting with journalists accused Ihedioha of high jacking the party’s congress without any contribution of him in his own local Government averred that the immediate former Governor has taken the party backward by that singular act.
Giving to the wave of defection in the Imo State PDP fold, Member who represents Orlu/Orsu/Oru East Federal Constituency in the House of Reps, Rt Hon Asiwaju Jerry Alagbaoso, has accused the ousted Imo Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, of hijacking the recently held Congress of the party especially in his Federal Constituency thereby causing grievances, backbiting, and defection in the party.
The third term lawmaker who is the highest political leader in Orlu Zone PDP frowned that the handpicking of the party leadership in the March 2020 Congress of the party at his Federal Constituency was against the normal conduct of the party as the Congress saw questionable people piloting its affairs.
In his Press Briefing at his Constituency Office, Orlu, on Friday, Alagbaoso who said he had contributed immensely to the growth, forwardness, and unity of PDP at both Ward, LGA, State and Federal levels, harped that the former Governor relied so much on lies from the enemies of PDP at Orlu, Orsu and Oru East local government areas to sideline and shortchange his supporters and other good and active members of the PDP, those who do not play anti-party activity nor use blackmail to pull down those who have achieved so much for the society.
Alagbaoso is bitter that the last PDP Congress broke Carmel’s back, calling on whom it may concern to revisit the last PDP Congress in his Federal Constituency particular and if possible conduct fresh election.
He said “because people want to rule by a force that is why in the Congress the officials were handpicked by Emeka Ihedioha who thought I would defect to APC having much regard and brotherly love for Governor Hope Uzodimma who is from Orlu Senatorial Zone. Although Orlu Zone deeply benefited from Ihedioha’s government” with Owerri Zone losing, saying many of Ihedioha’s appointees from Orsu LGA were liars who should be held responsible for the internal mess confronting the PDP.
Alagbaoso while regretting the ill-conduct of some party leaders in the PDP family, advised Ihedioha to redress his steps and allow PDP to revisit the general Congress if the issues of defections lingering in the PDP must take some positive shape.
He said, “their guided and their misguided sensibilities and miscalculations during the last PDP Congress at our Federal Constituency in general and Orsu LGA in particular definitely must have gotten some negative effects and in terms of followership and party faithfulness in our Federal Constituency now and in the future”.
When asked if he had the intention to join APC as being rumored, Alagbaoso stated clearly that he has no intention to leave PDP because PDP supported him fully even with the help of his constituents to be at the Green Chamber representing them, a representation he described as effective, affecting and endearing and glorifying.
He said he had overwhelmingly won all his elections because of his numerous achievements for his people ranging from employment, structure, and infrastructure, including “assisting in paying and equipping PDP Offices in Orlu and Oru East. Some of these government appointees never supported the Orsu LGA PDP Chairman in particular and continued to sabotage PDP with Team Ihedioha. They moved to Rebuild Imo as an alternative to PDP”.
While affirming that the Imo PDP is not for sale because it does not belong to one person, Alagbaoso posited that “a political party in opposition during a Congress does not operate like a bull in China shop or like a mentally challenged character. The truth regarding the PDP Congress is that when one road closes, another opens. PDP as a party in Imo State is not for sale and it does not belong to one particular individual for his or her political trials and errors. More so when there are no political fools in Orlu, Owerri and Okigwe Zones of Imo State.
He buttressed that his relationship with Governor Hope Uzodimma remains cordial and superbly, saying he would always support him to move Imo State forward with full assurance to his constituents on continued pronounced, goodly, and open representation with a view to improving development, economic prosperity, peace, and comfort.
He told his supporters and Imo people to often disregard the rumor that he is thinking of leaving the PDP for APC, stating that if he would defect he would first resign, calling on the party to put its ass together in order to meet challenges of the party leadership, cheap lies: blackmailing, backbiting, and derogatory gossips and overzealousness and pull him down syndrome.