Politics; IMO PDP MEMBERS IN COMBAT

The leadership tussle between the Anyaehie-led state executive and the Vitalis Okafor Caretaker Committee,  again, degenerated into fisticuffs yesterday.

The High Court in the state, sitting in Orlu, last week, sacked the Anyaehie-led exco and reinstated the caretaker committee.

Trouble started when a group loyal to the sacked state chairman, Nnamdi Anyaehie, barred members of the caretaker committee and some chieftains who had arrived the state party secretariat from holding a meeting.

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In the  melee that ensued, armed mobile policemen who manned the secretariat were reinforced to contain the situation.

Amidst the confusion, the gate of the secretariat was locked while rival groups traded accusations of anti-party activities  and allegedly playing out the script of Governor  Rochas Okorocha to nail the coffin of the party ahead of 2019.

The state Publicity Secretary of the party,  Dr. Chidi Onuoha  attributed  the problem to the activities of those  he alleged to have been bought over by the All Progressives Party (APC) to  frustrate conduct of the forth-coming congress  of the party.

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Onuoha  recalled  that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, at the expiration of the tenure  of the Anyaehie  executive,  installed  a caretaker committee to pilot the affairs  of the party pending the conduct of a fresh congress and wondered  why the Anyaehie-led executive, which  later challenged  its dissolution in court and still lost, should  insist on  remaining in office. “Imo PDP is nobody’s personal property and it is guided by a constitution and anybody qualified is free to contest and nobody should be short-changed,” Onuoha stated

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