Peoples Democratic Party, national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff yesterday waded into the feud between Senator Hope Uzodinma and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, over the battle for control of the party in Imo state.
Former Acting national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, had few weeks ago inaugurated a Caretaker Committee, CTC, for Imo PDP, a development that elicited protest in the state as the CTC members were alleged to be supporters of Ihedioha.
In a bid to resolve the rift, Senator Modu Sheriff summoned leaders of the warring factions as well as major stakeholders in Imo PDP, including former governor Achike Udenwa and Ikedi Ohakim, to the party’s national secretariat.
Tension was high at the meeting as the two major groups made their case before Modu Sheriff and other members of the National Working Committee, NWC.
Although Modu-Sheriff tried to calm down the visibly angry factions by selecting some notable chieftains from both sides to meet with the NWC with a view to finding a middle ground, it is not clear that the much needed peace is in sight as both factions stormed out of the meeting in grumbles.
Part of the meeting was conducted behind closed doors.
Before the meeting went into the closed door session, Modu Sheriff had assured them that the NWC led by him would not take sides, also warning them that they cannot go for the rerun elections with a divided house.
According to Sheriff, the party has released guidelines for the conduct of congresses and convention promising that he would always be on the path of truth.
Sheriff said: “You don’t go to elections with a divided house; we insisted that all the leaders must be here. I don’t want people to start grumbling over who will have what. I want to be on the side of truth.”
He noted that stakeholders from the two factions must make inputs in forming the congress committees which will conduct the congresses, he, however, stated the state caretaker committee populated by alleged loyalists of Hon Ihedioha remains intact contrary to a publication in the state purporting its dissolution.
The National Chairman who charged them not to be angry promised that the NWC would sort out the matter dispassionately and sincerely.
From the three Senatorial Districts in the state, the national chairman chose speakers mainly former governors from the state, Achike Udenwa and Ikedi Ohakim, serving Senators and some House of Rep members including the former deputy speaker, Ihedioha, to ventilate the feelings of their people.

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