Mr. Ken Emeakay
Chuks Okocha in Abuja
The leadership tussle in the Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deepened Tuesday as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) rejected the appointment of Mr. Ken Emeakayi, as the party chairman in the state.
In a July 26 letter from the commission, signed by the Secretary, Abdullahi Kaugama, to PDP, INEC said Chief Ejike Ogbuebeogu, was the validly elected chairman of the party in the state and would be so recognised.
The letter, titled, ‘Re: Peoples Democratic Party Anambra State,’ said: “The commission was served with several letters on the leadership of the PDP in Anambra State. Several ex parte orders and consent judgements in one of which INEC was a party were attached to the letters.
“You may wish to be reminded that the commission monitored a state congress of the PDP in Anambra State at which Chief Ejike Ogbuebego, was elected as chairman of the party in the state.
“The commission accordingly recognised Chief Ejike Ogbuebeogu as the state chairman of the PDP in Anambra State. The commission has not been served with any order which the court nullified the election of the said Ejike Ogbuebego as the state chairman of your party in Anambra State.
“This is to inform you that the commission will continue to recognise Chief Ejike Ogbuebego as the state chairman of your party in Anambra State until specifically ordered otherwise by a court of law.”
However, the PDP in a statement by its acting National Publicity Secretary, Tony Okeke, had on Monday said it had recognised Emeakayi as the state chairman of the party and urged all members of the party to support him to enable the party win the November 16 governorship election in the state.
It based its decision to recognise Emeakayi on the outcome of a series of consultations it had with major stakeholders of the party in the state.