From Chuks Onuoha, Umuahia
The Abia State Chairman of Ali Modu Sheriff faction of Peoples Democratic Party [PDP], Hon Chidi Nwosu has said that the impunity manifested by the party leadership in the state in the 2015 general election made the party to loose ten seats to opposition in the state House of Assembly.
He said that it was for this reason that aggrieved members of the party decamped to the opposition enmass, and that the only way to rescue the party from extinction in the state is to do the right thing which they have come to do.
He was briefing newsmen in Umuahia on why his faction is the authentic faction which has the interest of majority of the members at heart.
Flanked on the left by Hon. Chief Emeka Isaac Ejiogu, a member that represented Ohuhu state Constituency in Abia House of Assembly, Prince Chukwuemeka Osoagbabka, another member that represented Ikwuano Local Government in Abia state House of Assembly and Mr Uzodinma Ugele, a former administrative Secretary of PDP, Nwosu said that his faction is solidly behind the PDP faction that is led by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.
He alleged that those who claim to be leading the party in the state are people assembled from the kitchen cabinet of some unpopular few and the party can no longer fold its arms and allow things go haywire.
He said that they want to ensure that true leadership is enthroned in the party in the state and good leaders emerge, and not for ‘ domestic servant to be appointed as Chairman and members of the state executive picked from personal aides of some individuals in a party like PDP that has produced the president of this country.
He stressed that his faction is of the belief that Sheriff has good intentions to remodel the party to take back its rightful place in the country’s political atmosphere.
He said that his principle in remodeling the party in the light of change is very desirable at a time like this, having in mind that the party has been in power for sixteen years with a lot of bad incidents which resulted to their loosing the presidential election in 2015.
He said that their idea in standing behind sheriff is for PDP in the state to have a rebirth which is the reason why they visited Sherif to identify with him and his ideals as a leader of the party.
He said that they represent a mass movement that is just waiting for a day when they will be called out for every body to be called to order, especially those who feel that they are hoisting the flag of the party.
He said that impunity is one thing that has bedeviled the party in the state , and explained that their
stand is backed by many members of the party who felt short changed during the last congress held in the state.
“The impunity that has been going on at the Abia state chapter of the party with one family trying to make the party their personal own is not a welcome development and this also reflected at the national convention leading to two factions emerging at the national level”.
“During the Abia state congress, the party zone the chairmanship seat to Abia Central and many people from the area bought forms, but we are surprised that during the congress proper that a man who was never screened was appointed as the chairman of the party”.
“The new chairman who was appointed has no power to take decisions, when any problem arises, you see him shuttling from one house to the other to seek approval from those who placed him in office, before a decision will be made”.
“The way the party is going under the supposed chairman, there is no hope that the party will ever win an election come the 2019 general election and we need to make it clear that this fight is not against
the governorship of the state, but to strengthen the party now and in the future”.
“If the party during its national convention says that Sheriff faction is the authentic party, we expect them to fall in line, but if it is given to Ahmed Makarafi faction, we will have no option than to cue
Nwosu said that it is only the attitude of those that have been wrongly put in place as officers of the party that would trigger further actions from his group.
“The impunity of our party has grown beyond imagination as no one is satisfied with the way things are done in the party in the state”.
Adding his voice to the discourse, Chief Emeka Ejiogu said that what they are doing has nothing to do with the Governorship tussle in the state as everything that is happening now is an intra party misunderstanding which is aimed at leading to understanding themselves better.