By Nelson Ushafa
The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has called on the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to relinquish the power of overseeing the conduct of congresses and the governorship primary election in Anambra State to the governors elected on the platform of the party.
Governor Wike stated this in Enugu on Monday, during a meeting held to reconcile Anambra stakeholders ahead of the November governorship election in the state.
He reiterated the importance of the November governorship election in Anambra state, saying it is critical to the party and as such concerted efforts must be made to ensure that nobody is alienated in the processes leading to the election of the party’s flagbearer.
According to Kelvin Ebiri, the governor’s Special Assistant on Media, governor Wike had explained to that he was in Enugu, to commiserate with Governor Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and former Deputy Senate President, Dr Ike Ekeremadu, over the death of the State’s former Commissioner of Transport, Mathias Ekweremadu, but was notified of the meeting by the State governor who also urged him to stop by and speak to delegates at the Government House.
He urged the PDP faithful in the region to take advantage of the rare opportunity of recapturing Anambra State, thereby consolidating the party’s grip in the South East geopolitical zone.
“Let us have party interest, not group interest and put everything aside. Anambra use to be a PDP state but because of wrangling and not giving in, that is what has made PDP to lose Anambra. Only two States in the South East which are Enugu and Abia are PDP today. If we add Anambra, it is a good boost for us.”
The former Minister reminded that if PDP fails to win Anambra state it will not augur well for the party particularly in the South East, adding that this can only be made possible if party to allow governors to oversee both the conduct of congresses and governorship primary.
“It must be done transparently. Whether the Congresses or the primary itself, the governors will be in charge to come and do the election.”
The governor specifically charged the PDP National Organising Secretary, Col Austin Akobundu (rtd), who was present at the meeting, to ensure that processes leading to election of a PDP candidate in Anambra is done transparently to give people confidence that the party means well for all.
“You have a critical role. Luckily you’re from South East, tell them that look if we lose Anambra, there is problem for us in the South East. And You know that APC is coming out strong to fight in Anambra State. So let us work together.”
He further assured the delegates that PDP governors will support the party in Anambra state to win the November election as according to him: “All of us are ready to give Anambra that support to win this election.”
He appealed to those in court to make sacrifices for the party by withdrawing their suit in the interest of the PDP.
“In the name of God, everybody keep your ego, part of the problem is ego, let us work as a team and deliver PDP.”
Present at the meeting according to the statement were Governor Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; former Senate President and Secretary to the Federal Government, Anyim Pius Anyim; former Minister of Women and Social Affairs, Iyom Josephine Anenih , others are PDP Vice presidential candidate in 2019, Peter Obi, former Governor of Ebonyi ,Sam Egwu, former Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha among others.