ABIA PDP CRISIS: I AM STILL IN CHARGE -ONUIGBO
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia.
Few days after some EXCO members of the People’s Democratic Party in Abia state suspended the party chairman in the state, Chief Johnson Onuigbo, he has come out to say he remains the boss.
19 members of the state party EXCO had passed a vote of no confidence on the chairman over some allegations.
But addressing journalists at the party’s secretariat in Umuahia on Monday, he(Onuigbo) who was flanked by the deputy chairman, Hon. P.C. Onyegbu, and secretary Ibe Nwadioha, of the party said there is no cause for alarm, saying “the party is intact”.
He disclosed that governor, Okezie Ikpeazu promptly intervened in the matter and resolved it and has also directed the EXCO to retract the communique.
The chairman when asked why the signatories were yet to issue another communique rescinding its decision, said “the onus lies on those of them involved to retract the statement earlier made as ordered by the governor and also called on one of them present to speak on behalf of the others.
In compliance to the chairman’s request, Hon.Matthew Ibe, the zonal chairman for the PDP in the state said they had resolved all outstanding issues with the chairman with the help of the governor and announced that he was retracting the suspension of the chairman on behalf of others orally but would do the proper paper retraction later.
Chief Onuigbo who claimed that the PDP in the state had been adjudged to be the most peaceful in the country, blamed the recent misunderstanding in the party on some perceived enemies of the party within and outside.
He said there is bound to be misunderstanding from time to time, describing the party as a united one which will be formidable even as the 2019 elections approach.
On why there are no female candidates in PDP in the state, he said they had a free and fair primaries and unfortunately all the female aspirants could not make it to fly the party’s flag.
He assured that the party will go on to confront the forth coming elections with all seriousness to ensure they return all their candidates elected