Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
Irked by his ongoing trial for alleged forgery of Senate Standing Rules among other alleged clandestine moves to oust him from his present position, leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-east rose from a closed door meeting in Enugu yesterday, declaring their total support for the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, vowing to stand with him throughout the period of his travails.
The leaders also formally zoned party positions allotted to the zone to the various states with the position of National Organising Secretary zoned to Abia State where former party National Vice chairman, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd) emerged as the sole candidate.
The meeting which was attended by Ekweremadu, Enugu and Ebonyi State governors, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and David Umahi; Senators Sam Egwu, Chuka Utazi, House of Representatives members, members of the party’s board of trustee from the zone, and former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi also resolved to put take active part in the forthcoming convention of the party billed to take place at Port-Harcourt, River State.
The embattled governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu and leaders from the state were however conspicuously absent.
While passing an “absolute” vote of confidence on Ekweremadu, the leaders said they were formidable and united for an impressive show at the convention.
Addressing journalists at the end of the meeting, the National Vice Chairman of the party in charge of South-east, Austin Umahi, said Ekweremadu was a true son of Igbo and that the people were proud of his effective representation of the zone and the PDP in the National Assembly.
“We support him in totality, we will continue to pray, by the special grace of God he has paid his dues and is paying his dues. We are proud of him, he is a very good ambassador of the South East and we will not and will never be intimidated.
“For the South-east PDP governors, we are proud of them. When you look at so many indices you will agree with me that they have done very, very well,” he said.
Umahi said the leaders have harmonised poisitions zoned to South-east amicably and that each state in the zone got a position.
“We the South-east we have decided to come out very strong, by the special grace of God, there is harmony, we have decided to zone the posts of South-east to all the states,” noting that they were very, very mature in doing it.