…Sheriff supporters absent
From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Caretaker Committee yesterday dissolved all factional executives of the party in Anambra State.
The dissolution was announced at the end of a stakeholders’ meeting between the committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi and PDP stakeholders in Anambra State, held at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
In a statement issued by National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the party leadership said it would appoint a caretaker committee for the Anambra PDP in due course.
“The NCC in exercise of its powers under Section 31, (2)(E) today dissolved all the existing factional Executive Committees of the Party in Anambra State.
“The NCC will in due course, appoint a Caretaker Committee to run the affairs of the PDP in the State pending when it will be auspicious to elect executive committees at all levels.
“To this end, all Party Stakeholders (leaders and other members) are hereby enjoined to bury all their differences and join hands together in unity towards the Victory of the party in the forthcoming Gubernatorial Election in Anambra State,” the statement read.
However, Chief Chris Uba and other supporters of former PDP National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff in Anambra State were conspicously absent at yesterday’s meeting. Apart from Uba, former chairman of the party in the state, chief Ken Emeakayi was also absent.
Speaking before the stakeholders meeting went into a closed door session, PDP National Secretary, Senator Ben Obi, who incidentally is from Anambra State, said the November 18 governorship election in the state would serve as a litmus test for the Anambra PDP to demonstrate its unity.
Former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi told journalists at the end of the meeting that “we had discussion on how we can all be part of the efforts to get the PDP to effective play its role as an opposition party to help build a better Nigeria.”
Similarly, a governorship aspirant in the state, Dr Alex Obiogbolu, told journalists that the stakeholders’ meeting was at the instance of the caretaker committee to discuss on issues relating to the governorship election. He said the stakeholders resolved to win the November 18 gubernatorial poll, same way the party won the recent senatorial by-election in Osun State, adding that “we all in one accord agreed that we must win that election. We had crisis in Anambra State PDP, but one unique thing today is that the meeting was short and productive and without much rancour as it used to be in the past. The chance of the party is bright and I know that with what has come out today, the party will get victory.”