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Drama as PDP governors, Nwodo exchange hot words
African Examiner | Posted: December 15, 2010
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It was a mild drama yesterday as the national chairman of the ruling People’s
Democratic Party, PDP Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo and the governors clashed over
various disputed issues confronting the party ahead of next year’s general
Trouble started at yesterday’s NEC meeting when the national chairman Dr Nwodo
ordered the chairman of the “dissolved” Enugu state executive council Mr. Vita
Abba to walk out of the meeting.
Governor Chime Sullivan of Enugu however, disagreed with Dr. Nwodo, a situation
that resulted in confrontation and exchange of hot words between the two while the
rest of the governors, who were apparently nursing their own individual grudges
against the party, supported Gov. Sullivan.
Some of the controversial issues in the party include, the inclusion of Federal
Lawmakers in the amendment electoral act as automatic members of the party’s
National Executive Committee, (NEC).
The inclusion which was said to have the support of the president will exclude the
party’s state chairmen and secretaries, youth leaders and speakers of states
Houses of Assembly as delegate to the national convention.
A move that obviously did not go down well with the governors who thought the
new order would cut down their hitherto powerful influence in the party’s primaries.
African Examiner also gathered that another contentious issue was the reversal of
the order of the party primaries where Presidential primaries will come first. The
game plan was that If the president’s election comes first, the party would have the
opportunity to deal with any governor who does not support president Jonathan
whether he wins or loses.
Sensing danger at yesterday's meeting, the National Legal Adviser of the party,
Olusola Oke moved a motion to adjourn the meeting in order to avert escalation of
the face off.
The national publicity chairman of the party, Prof. Alkali told journalists that the
meeting has been adjourned till (Thursday) today for further consultation.
After the meeting, the leadership of the PDP drove straight to the presidential Villa
for a close door meeting with the president, while the governors headed to the
Kwara state governor's lodge for their own meeting.
Earlier in his opening remarks, President Goodluck Jonathan had urged members
to refrain from action that are capable of creating disunity as the party prepares
for the primaries and the 2011 general elections.
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