Enugu APC rejoices over the ‘death of PDP’ in the state
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
The Enugu State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Tuesday dismissed the chances of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of fielding any candidate for next year’s gubernatorial election in the state, basing its position on the protracted crisis which have continued to rock the state chapter of the party.
The Enugu State APC Chairman, Dr. Ben Nwoye, made this observation at a news conference where he rejoiced over what he termed as the “death of the PDP” in the state.
Barely few months to the February 2015 election, the PDP in Enugu State appears grounded owing to a struggle between factions loyal to Governor Sullivan Chime and Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu over who gets to control the party’s structure in the state.
The Chime camp is holding on to Chief Ikeje Asogwa as the chairman of the party, while the Ekweremadu faction is standing by Elder David Aja, who was endorsed by the National Working Committee as acting chairman. Both Asogwa and Aja have gone to court to obtain court orders restraining each other from acting as the leader of PDP in the state.
Indications are rife that the Chime’s faction, which had secured a court order that stopped the national secretariat of the party from acting on the delegates list presented by the Ekweremadu group, is shopping for an alternative political party platform to realize their aspirations in next year’s elections.
This is as unconfirmed reports have it that the Chime camp met on Tuesday to deliberate over a possible defection to the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
However, Nwoye who addressed journalists against the backdrop of the wrangling in the PDP, as well as the controversial N11bn loan approved for Chime by the state House of Assembly, predicted that the Enugu State PDP would not recover from the crisis.
The APC chairman alleged that a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who was endorsed by Chime as the PDP consensus candidate has read the handwriting on the wall and is currently seeking another political party with which to realize his gubernatorial ambition.
Sources say that the Ekweremadu faction, which is currently in charge of the party machinery, is not favorably disposed to Ugwuanyi becoming the next Enugu governor.
In the words of the Enugu APC Chairman, “APC is mourning the PDP in Enugu State, PDP as a political party in Enugu State is gone.
“Gburugburu (Ugwuanyi) is looking for another platform.
“The Ekweremadu group has used their legal prowess in Abuja to tie down PDP while the Chime group has tied down PDP in Enugu State.
“So it means that PDP will not be able to present a candidate in Enugu State in 2015.
“We are now mourning the demise of the PDP says the prayers of the people have finally worked,” he added.
Nwoye absolved the opposition party of being responsible for the misfortune which has befallen the PDP in Enugu State. He rather heaped the blame on the PDP ruling class, whom he said have failed Nigerian People while enriching themselves.
He maintained that the N11bn loan approved for the Chime administration was fraught with irregularities and must be stopped by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Similarly, an APC gubernatorial aspirant in the state, Barr Okey Ezea, flayed the Enugu House of Assembly for approving the loan.
Stressing that he would not honour the loan if elected in 2015, Ezea pointed out the facility did not comply with provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility Act.
Hear him, “That approval is null and void and of no effect and if the banks go ahead to advance that money, they will be doing so at their own risk because the court of law may declare it null and void, and the incoming government may not be bound to repay that loan.”
The governorship hopeful, who disclosed that the 2013 report of Debt Management Office indicates that Enugu State has a debt profile of over N12bn as of December 31, 2013, cautioned that should Chime obtain the fresh N11bn loan, he would bequeath a N23bn debt on the incoming administration.
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