From BONIFACE OKORO, Umuahia
Abia State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied that it was sponsoring Chief Ikechi Emenike to run for the governorship of the state on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A High Court in Abuja, last week, ruled that Chief Ikechi Emenike was the authentic governorship candidate of APC in Abia, thereby nullifying the candidacy of Dr Uche Ogah.
The duo emerged as factional candidates during the APC governorship primary election but Ogah who emerged from the Donatus Nwankpa faction was recognized by the APC National Working Committee.
However, Emenike who emerged from the camp of the Dr Emmanuel Ndukwe-led faction, recognized as the authentic state executive by an Isiala Ngwa North High Court order, headed for the court.
Emenike obtained a ruling nullifying Ogah’s candidacy and the PDP says Ogah’s media team has been peddling rumours that PDP was behind their principal’s ordeal following the court ruling, a charge the party has denied.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Umuahia, the PDP, through its Publicity Secretary, Sir Don Ubani, described the accusation as “cheap and most irresponsible falsehood.”
The statement read in part: “Without any role or involvement by the PDP in the State, it is widely reported that a Court of competent jurisdiction in Abuja has disqualified Chief Uche Ogah as the governorship candidate of APC in the State, giving way for the emergence of Chief Ikechi Emenike as the Party’s candidate in next year’s election.
“Ordinarily, the Peoples Democratic Party in the State would have nothing to do with such a development, as it is purely the internal affair of APC.
“Funny enough and ridiculous too, the media team of Uche Ogah, instead of going into retrospect to tell itself the realities of her Principal’s circumstances, has cheaply resorted to attributing the woes of their master to the PDP in the State.
“The team has been brandishing outright lies from the pit of hell that the problem of Uche Ogah is the PDP that, in its hallucination, is the sponsor of Chief Ikechi Emenike.
According the PDP Publicity Secretary, “PDP in Abia State has, sequel to the above unwarranted misconception, insinuation and devilish false propaganda, been intrinsically compelled to make it clear that whatever are the present problems of Uche Ogah or even APC in the State has no link with it.”
“It is not in the character of PDP to meddle into another Party’s internal affairs. Chief Ikechi Emenike is not a card-carrying member of PDP and, so, there is no basis for Uche Ogah or APC to associate PDP with the crisis rocking their Party.”
Ubani maintained that the excellent performances of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in all sectors of governance have endeared PDP to the Abia electorate, adding that “for very many reasons, Abia people have made up their mind and anchored their choice on PDP.”
Meanwhile, despite the Abuja court ruling, the National Working Committee of APC has insisted that Ogah remains its governorship candidate in Abia.