May 5 (Newshour.com.ng) – A group known as Imo PDP Critical Stakeholders has initiated a move for the immediate suspension or expulsion of the party’s elders council otherwise called Imo PDP Elders Council.
In a petition dated April 28, 2023 which was addressed to the acting national chairman of PDP and made available to journalists in Owerri, the stakeholders chairman, Eric Ofodirinwa, accused the elders council members of gross anti party activities.
According to the petition, “Our attention has been drawn to a very pathetic and disturbing situation currently trending here among our party leaders and elders.
“It will be recalled that about the mid of November, 2022, some disgruntled members of Imo PDP purportedly wrote to the National Working Committee of our great party, calling for the immediate disillusion of of the State Working Committee here in Owerri”.
The petition continued thus “After exhaustive deliberations which included hearing from about two hundred members who attended that crucial emergency meeting, the National Working Committee, buoyed by the eloquent testimonies of the State Working Committee, Engineer Charles Ugwu, who made it clear that those who petitioned it were basically working for the ruling APC and Governor Hope Uzodimma, turned down such satanic application.
“We are now obviously dismayed and absolutely dejected that the Imo PDP State Working Committee of our great party which was blackmailed is reluctant and even non charlant towards the actions and inactions of our supposed leaders and elders”
It noted that “Sadly and unfortunately, the same PDP leaders and elders were still the ones who, after aiding and abetting Samdaddy’s emergence as the PDP governorship candidate for the November 11, 2023 election, disgracefully did a volte face, shamefully went ahead to and endorsed Governor Hope Uzodimma for a second term, for the same election at the Imo State Government House, recently.
“Quite alarmingly, that sordid event was on national television in almost all the networks and reputable social media platforms. In a most confounding dramatic irony never before witnessed in the political horizon of Nigeria not to talk of Imo State, this same double standard driven leaders and elders are now the same people working for Governor Uzodimma’s re – election. This is not only laughable, it is equally irritating”.
It added that “ThIs sensationally indicates that these so-called Imo PDP leaders who still parade as Council of Elders have only but one agendum: to destroy and pull-down Imo State PDP for APC. The elders and leaders are not only promoting and encouraging anti PDP activities, they are also hell bent on totally collapsing the party’s strong and viable structure for APC and Uzodimma. At least, most of their known allies and foot soldiers have moved to the broom party”.
The petitioner mentioned those involved as it said, “For record purposes, the leaders and elders involved in this insulting and nauseating activities include but not limited to – Chief (Sir) Ambrose Ejiogu (chairman), Chief Peter Mgbemelu (secretary), Chief Eze Duruihuoma (SAN), and Chief Osita Nwaneri”.
It, then asks for action against them. “Therefore, we, the Critical Stakeholders hereby pray that these elders who had soiled thier hands with thier non – dignifying involvement in this nefarious act of betrayal and double standards, which is a clear case of anti party activity, should dully be investigated and expressly sanctioned by either suspending or expelling them from our great party forthright with.
“This is so because because, their unbecoming behaviours and mannerisms are expediently discouraging our teeming supporters who are already crest fallen and are in a forlorn state. This disgusting and deplorable situation is increasingly negatively affecting our candidate for the November 11, 2023 governorship election which is very much dear to our hearts”.