The leadership crisis in the Enugu State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has continued as the acting Chairman, David Aja, has asked the National Chairman of the party, Adamu Mu’azu, to call the State governor, Sullivan Chime, to order.
Aja represents the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who is contesting the Enugu west senatorial election against Governor Sullivan Chime.
The PDP National Working Committee (NWC), last week, dropped the PDP Chairman in the state, Ikeji Asogwa, backed by Chime, with David Aja in turn backed by Ekweremadu.
Aja in a petition sent to Mu’azu, urged him to prevail on Chime to allow him to carry out his functions without threat or harassment.
The petition dated November 3, and with the subject ‘Blatant Disregard of Directives of the NWC and the Constitution of the PDP by Chime,’ was obtained by our correspondent in Abuja.
Aja further requested Mu’azu to use his good offices to prevent Chime from what he described as a “flagrant breach and violation of our party constitution.”
The Enugu State acting PDP chairman said in accordance with the letter from the party’s NWC, he had already put in motion the process for calling a meeting of the State Executive Committee (SEC) for the purpose of appointing a new chairman.
The acting party chairman who gave, synopsis of his petition said, “You will recall that following the resignation of Mr. Vita Abba, as the chairman of the Enugu State chapter of our great party on 20th October 2014, I was, in accordance with the party constitution, expected to take over the running of the party until the state executive committee meets to appoint a new chairman from the area the previous one comes from, pending the holding of elections for a new chairman.
“Mr. Chairman, you will recall that in total breach of the provisions of the party constitution, the state Secretary of the party, Steve Oruruo, purported to summon and preside at a meeting of the state executive committee on 25th October 2014, where Chief Ikeje Asogwa was illegally appointed the new chairman of the Enugu State chapter of the party.
“Your Excellency will recall that I addressed a letter to you dated October 27, wherein I complained about the said illegal and unconstitutional appointment.
“Fortunately, the NWC harkened to my call and on October 30, 2014, I received my copy of the letter addressed to the National Vice-Chairman (South-east) wherein I was recognised as the acting chairman of the Enugu State chapter of our party, and wherein I was instructed to summon a meeting of the SEC within 14 days to appoint a new chairman from the zone where the out going chairman hails from in accordance with the party constitution.
“In spite of the foregoing, Oruruo purported to summon a meeting of the state executive committee, allegedly at the behest of two thirds of the members of the committee on October 31, 2014.
“Let me start by stating that under our party constitution, the chairman of the state chapter of the party, shall summon a meeting of the state executive committee at the request of two thirds of the members of the committee. Such request can only be addressed to the chairman or acting chairman as in this case.
“Thus, this power to summon the meeting, resides with the chairman and not the Secretary.
“Sir, I did not receive any request to summon a meeting nor was I informed by Oruruo about any such request.
“Surprisingly, Chime was present at the said illegal meeting and participated actively in it, in defiance of the directives of the NWC. Governor Chime and Oruruo then proceeded to appoint
Chief Ikeje Asogwa, once again, as the chairman of the Enugu State chapter of the party.
“To make matter worse, numerous announcements have been made on the radio to this effect.
“In any case sir, in accordance with the letter confirming my status as the acting Chairman, I commenced preparations for the conduct of the ward congresses for the election of three delegates from each ward.
“On November 1, 2014, I duly contacted the Chairman and members of the committee, and received four of them with party stalwarts when they arrived in Enugu to oversee the conduct the election.
“I must observe that Governor Chime and Chief Asogwa refused me access to the party office at 1 Chime Lane, GRA, Enugu, when I went to oversee the affairs of the chapter. I was therefore compelled to relocate my office.
“The ward congresses were successfully conducted and party members participated fully in the activity, which was witnessed by the committee members sent from Abuja.
“The results were also duly handed over to them for transmission to the party headquarters.
“I use this opportunity sir, to thank eminent personalities like Dr. Okwy Nwodo, the former chairman of the party; Chief Jim Nwobodo, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Senator Ayogu Eze, Senator Gil Nnaji, Senator Fide Okoro, and many other eminent personalities who participated in the ward congresses.
“Let me say sir, that I have already put in motion the process for calling a meeting of the state executive committee for the purpose of appointing a new chairman in accordance with the letter from the NWC.
“I plead with you sir to call Chime to order and ask him to allow me to carry out my functions without threat or harassment and to stop the flagrant breach and violation of our party constitution.”
Apart from the national PDP Chairman, the petition was copied to the Deputy National Chairman, the National Secretary, the Deputy National Secretary, the National Treasurer, the National Organising Secretary, the National Publicity Secretary, the National Auditor, the National Legal Adviser, the National Woman Leader and others. (THISDAY)