Crisis Trails Anambra PDP Ward Congresses

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By Charles Onyekamuo in Awka

Crisis has trailed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ward congresses conducted in Anambra State at the weekend.

At the party secretariat in Awka, the state capital yesterday, the state Chairman of the party, Chief Ejike Oguebegom, alleged that there was no ward congress election in the 326 electoral wards in the state.

This he said was because the congress committee chairman appointed by the national office of the party for the state, Mr. Ladi Edun, sabotaged the exercise. Edun’s Committee, he said, was supposed to come and liaise with the state executive committee of the party, according to section 2(a) of the congress election  to provide the venue and security for the election,   he added that even when four of the eleven member committee came, the chairman was no where to be seen. This he said prompted a petition by 21 members of the state.

This he said, at a press conference in Awka yesterday, prompted a petition by 21 members of the state executive to the Chairman of PDP ward congress Appeal panel asking for a fresh ward congress in the state. The petition was signed by Ejike Oguebego, and Chuks Okoye, chairman and Secretary of Anambra state chapter of PDP respectively. Section 2(a) of the guideline for the congress  which the committee allegedly breached provides that: “The congresses and National convention planning committees shall liaise with the appropriate executive committee in the states to provide the venue and security for their respective congress and national convention.”

This provision, Oguebego said, was never complied with and that there was no ward congress in the state