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February 4, 2023

Ebonyi PDP will resolve its crisis before primaries – Sen. Ogba

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Ruth Oginyi

A head of the 2023 general election, the Senator representing Ebonyi Central in the National Assembly, Obinna Ogba, has expressed hope that the National Leadership of the Party, will resolve all the crises in the Ebonyi chapter of the party before the party primaries.

There has been a crisis in the party since a federal high court in Abuja sacked Mr. Tochukwu Okorie as the state chairman of the party and ask Bar Silas Onu to take over.

The crisis degenerated last week during the 3-man delegate congress of the party.

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Consequently, the National Leadership of the party dissolved the ad-hoc committee set up to conduct the congress following the complaint by the Chairman of the committee who alleged that he was held hostage in a hotel and forced to compromise the congress by the state chairman.

A new 5-man ad-hoc committee was set up to conduct the congress at the weekend.

The name of the Chairman of the new ad-hoc committee according to report is Hon. Calistus Anyanwu. You have Emeka Nzekwe, Emeka Okeke, and others as members.

Ogba told journalists that all the issues in the party would be resolved before the primaries of the party.

According to him, PDP is a big party and nobody can destroy the party in the state.

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“I believe strongly that the 3-man delegate congress will be credible and will be acceptable by everybody. In politics, if you have 99%, you have 90%, which is as good as everybody has accepted it. The last one we had was canceled because the Chairman of that panel reported that he was under duress and collected the whole materials he came with and because of that, the National canceled the whole members and reconstituted a new 5-man Adhoc committee.

“My relationship with my State Chairman, Silas Onu is that relationship between a party member and a state Chairman. It is very cordial and we don’t have any problem. In terms of confidence, you know that I don’t have that confidence in the Chairman but the problem is that it is not the duty of the Chairman to conduct an election. It is the National that is conducting the congress.

“The Chairman is only to welcome the visitors, he has no role to play, he has no area for him to sign and that is why last time, the panel went to submit to him, introducing themselves that they have come to Ebonyi State to do a job and he hijacked them locked them in a hotel and refused to go out. It took the intervention of the DSS people to rescue the Chairman of that panel. Even the Chairman released the document to him for him to save his life.

“PDP is a very big party, there is no problem in the party in the state. National is capable, they will handle the issues, and they will resolve the issues. Before the House of Assembly congress, the National will resolve all the issues. Somebody drew my attention to a court order but you know I am not the Chairman. Maybe there have not communicated to the Chairman of the panel but if there communicate to the Chairman, he may decide to call it off. As for me, I am a very loyal party member and a law-abiding citizen. If there is any court order, we have to respect the order and if there is none, the election goes on. For me and my supporters, we don’t have any problem, if there is a court order to stop it, fine and good. If there is no court order, fine and good. Anyhow it goes, we are prepared for the election”, he said.

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