Awka - The reconciliatory meeting of the various factions of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) held in Awka on Thursday ended in confusion
following fracas that ensued among the groups.
The former Chairman of
the party, Dr Ahmadu Ali-led National Integration Committee scampered
for safety following the fracas that disrupted the meeting.
Trouble started when a factional chairman, Ejike Oguebego, was
invited to address the gathering and after introducing himself as the
state chairman, he was booed by some members of the crowd.
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However, attempt by Ken Emeakayi, also laying claim as state
chairman, to calm down nerves was greeted by more disapproval as party
members equally shouted him down.
Emeakayi’s attempt to address the crowd was also rebuffed.
Efforts by members of the Ahmadu Ali-led committee to return order
between the opposing camps failed, thereby terminating the
It took the intervention of security personnel who guarded members of
the committee outside the venue of the meeting, to save the situation.
Some party members who spoke to newsmen called for the suspension of
both Emeakayi and Oguebego groups for the party to survive and achieve
credible results in the 2015 elections in the state.
Members of the committee, including Prof. Jerry Gana and former
Governor of Rivers, Celestine Omehia, had visited Ebonyi and Enugu
states on the same mission of reconciling party leaders ahead of 2015
Ali and his team, as well as some key PDP chieftains had spoken on
the need to unite the feuding party leaders and strengthen Anambra PDP
to enable it to perform very well in the general elections.
Ali said the purpose of their visit was to appeal to feuding party
chieftains who stayed away from PDP to come back and join hands in
rebuilding the party.
Ali, who expressed optimism that Anambra was a PDP state, called on both camps to be loyal to the party.
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