Against the rumoured shift of the congresses of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the party kicked off the exercise yesterday amidst protest.
Most of the party’s leaders and elders were absent at the exercise held at ward levels.
A five-man PDP congress committee was led by Mr. Ike Abonyi. Other members are Bolarinwa Oluwaseun, Hon. Mahmoud Bichi, Nuah Babatunde and Mr. Ugo Uyawunne, who served as secretary.
Some of the party stakeholders headed by Comrade Tony Nwoye, PDP governorship aspirant in the state told reporters that if the National Working Committee, NWC, failed to shift the congress for at least five days, they would explore other options.
The stakeholders who boycotted by the congress included Senators Uche Ekwunife, Stella Oduah, Andy Uba, Chief Chris Uba, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah, Prince Arthur Ezeh, Sir Emeka Offor, Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu, Senator Joy Emodi and Senator Ben Ndi-Obi.
Nwoye who was surrounded by over 50 party members told newsmen that 98 percent of PDP supporters in the state were not aware of the exercise. He claimed that it was because of the public holidays and that those aspiring for positions in the state party did not buy the forms.
According to Nwoye, “we challenge them to show us where they have published the names of those to conduct the congress as stipulated by the PDP guidelines.
“Our members should be set for the next line of action within a few days, if this impunity by some members of the party is not reversed. Our Senators in the party were not aware of what is going on in the state, the acting national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus has been notified of the development,” he said
Nwoye stated that it was an anathema for the PDP National Publicity Secretary Plisa Metuh to sign an announcement for the congress, adding that it was specifically the duty of the organising secretary.
“There is no congress going on anywhere in the state, Metuh has written names of his stooges because he wants to become national organising secretary of the party in November 2015.”
Nwoye further said that former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, would be notified on the decision of the stakeholders as it concerned the congress, being the founder of PDP in Nigeria.
“We do not want to give ultimatum to the NWC, but the stakeholders will be meeting six hourly waiting for the final decision of the party, before we take our final decision on our next move in the next few days,” Nwoye said.
However, Abonyi told newsmen after visiting some centres in the wards that they were satisfied with the turnout of PDP members, adding that it had shown that Anambra still belongs to the party.
Abonyi said it was preparatory for the 2017 governorship elections in the state, adding that the party was determined to take Anambra back.
He commended the party members for the peaceful manner the congresses had gone in ward 7, Umuokpu in Awka South Council Area, Otolo Nnewi ward 1 in Nnewi North Council Area, and Ukpo ward 1 in Dunukofia Council Area.
On the crisis and boycott of the congress by some stakeholders, Abonyi said that NWC approved the exercise, adding that anybody who failed to participate in it should channel his or her grievances to the appeal committee of PDP or National Executive Council, NEC of the party.
Former chairman of the party, Prince Ken Emeakayi, who is re-contesting the position is likely to retain the office.

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