By Chidi Nkwopara Chinonso Alozie
OWERRI—No fewer than four persons are currently claiming to have emerged from Congresses by factions of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Imo State.
The claimants to the chairmanship seat includes Nnamdi Anyaehie, Charles Ezekwem, Greg Owuamalam and Chuks Ajaelu.
Vanguard’s investigation revealed that the impasse may not be unconnected with the palpable interests of some party bigwigs, who are allegedly eyeing the 2019 gubernatorial poll.
It was also gathered that some of the party bigwigs that are allegedly interested in the gubernatorial slot are Senator Hope Uzodinma, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, Senator Bright Nwanne and Charles Onyeagbako.
A party chieftain, who spoke on condition of strict anonymity, linked Uzodinma and Ohakim to the Anyaehie-led faction, while the Ihedioha group is supporting the Ezekwem faction.
“We equally understand that Senator Bright Nwanne and Chief Charles Onyeagbako are fully backing the Greg Owuamalam-led executive. What we have today, is a conflict of personal interests in the party,” the PDP loyalist said.
Feelers from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, at press time, showed that the Commission has recognized the Charles Ezekwem faction, even as the Anyaehie group described the news as false.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress, APC, loyalists in the state have started jubilating over the continuing discordant tunes coming from the PDP family.
One of the party loyalists that spoke to Vanguard yesterday in Owerri, prayed fervently for the PDP to remain crisis-ridden till 2019.
“To tell you the truth, APC loyalists are very happy with what is happening in the PDP at all levels. It is our fervent prayer that the crisis should gain greater momentum in the days ahead”, the APC loyalist said.