.as new chairman promises to probe Nov 18 guber election flop
By CHUKS COLLINS
DESPITE the Monday’s emergence of Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu as its new Chairman of the Anambra state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, there are still doubts about the return of peace in the party in the State. Nwobu, an experienced and versatile political scientist who had held prominent positions in the party and elsewhere before now was reportedly elected to galvanise the party to recovery and rediscover its winning ways in the politics of Anambra State.
In a chat, he told select journalists that he’s going to critically appraise the immediate past 18 November governorship election in the State in which the party came a distant third.
The new chairman believed there was no way a sure progress would be made without assessing to know what went wrong in the election and to forestall a reoccurrence in future, believing that Anambra remain a core PDP State.
According to him, he was poised to return and restore the party to the position where they win the governorship seat, 30 seats of the state Assembly, 11 seats of the Federal House of Representatives and the three senatorial seats in the State.
Incidentally the opponent to the state chairmanship seat, Chief Kodilichukwu Okelekwe disagreed with the emergence of Nwobu, insisting that there was no election and that if allowed to stand, then it would be unfortunate. He believed the national headquarter of the party was now very positioned to recover the original vision of the founding fathers towards national growth.
He also debunked speculations that he stepped down from the contest, rather he said that if PDP under his leadership fails to return the glory of the party in Anambra and Nigeria generally he would resign from politics.
That he was poised to give the challenge of the office his all.
When taken up on the announced suspension of the Congress by the acting Caretaker Committee state chairman, -Chukwudi Umeaba, over alleged use of fake delegate list for the poll, Ndubisi Nwobu denied existence of any fake list.
More over, he pointed out that all the officials who came for the congresses were appointed and sent from the national headquarters, and that it was the Wadata House headquarters that has the powers to recall, cancel or suspend any aspect of the process.
Again, that since there were room for objection or petition, Umeaba or any other member who felt dissatisfied would have explored such avenue. He confirmed that the petitions panel and the appeal panel concluded their assignment diligently late Wednesday evening.
Sadly there were indications that the state delegates from the new election would not be allowed into the venue of the national convention on Saturday. Nwobu while extending hand of fellowship to other contestants, said he need all in the onerous task to reposition the PDP and bring back all warring parties together for greater.
“The processes started at normal at the ward level where the ward executives and congress delegates were elected. But when it got to the local government level the man to conduct it ran to unknown place.
“Be it as it may, the election was conducted and people emerged at the local government level. The three elected delegates and newly elected Chairman and Secretary of each ward further came and participated at the state level where I won”.
Others said to have been elected alongside Nwobu included Chief Okoli Akirika, State Secretary; Clems Ezika, Legal Adviser; Fred Udensi, Financial Secretary; Ejike Mgbemena, State Treasurer; Tony Offiah, State Publicity Secretary.
Others were Solomon Ozua, Assistant State Publicity Secretary; Romanus Anyasie, Assistant Organising Secretary; Sopuru Nwafor, State Vice Chairman (South); C. C. Okeke, State Vice Chairman (Central); Oguejiofor Nwakobi, State Vice Chairman (North); Okeke Asolo, State Deputy Chairman; Edith Nwokedi, State Woman Leader.
Also, Chinelo Nwankwo, Ex-Officio; Okonkwo Godwin Obi, State Auditor; Enyinnia Orizu, Assistant Legal Adviser; Eddy Okosi, Youth Leader; Emma Ifeacho, Organising Secretary; Ambrose Dibua, Assistant Secretary; Boni Okoye, Assistant Financial Secretary; Sylvanus Ohaemesi, Ex-Officio I; Malachi Ezeigweneme, Ex-Officio II.