As protests continue to greet the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ward delegates’ congresses election held in Imo State last weekend, Senator Chris Anyanwu, representing Imo East, Senatorial District urged the national leadership of the party to reprimand the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, whom she alleged manipulated and hijacked the election in her ward, Enyiogugu.
In a strongly worded petition she signed and made available to Daily Sun in Owerri, Senator Anyanwu insisted that if Ihedioha was not called to order, his alleged action is capable of triggering a breakdown of law and order and as well hampering the congress of the party in the state.
Anyanwu called for the cancellation of the results submitted from her ward, Enyiogugu.
According to her: “ Ihedioha introduced a brazen twist to party congress, he moved people from Mbutu, Uvuru, Umuhu, Nguru and all other wards in Aboh Mbaise, brought them to Enyiogugu ward and directed them to queue up to be filmed, he left after doing that with the 35 vehicles including three truck loads of armed policemen apparently to intimidate the people.”
However, in a swift reaction, the Director – General of Emeka Ihedioha Campaign Group, Chris Okewulonu, said the allegations were only meant to smear his reputation.
“Senator Chris Anyanwu’s allegation, no doubt, is only aimed at smearing the reputation of the deputy speaker as there is no iota of truth whatsoever in this unfortunate and brazen falsehood,” Okewulonu stated.
Okewulonu stated that: “Rather than admitting that her loyalists lost woefully at the polls, she is directing her anger at Chief Ihedioha, whose concern, like every other leader, was only to ensure that the exercise was peaceful and hitch free in accordance with the guidelines of the party.
“It is also imperative to emphasise that due to the size and capacity of the local government area party headquarters, the stakeholders and leadership of the party including Senator Chris Anyanwu agreed to use the Central School, Enyiogugu field as the distribution/collation centre for the exercise.
The deputy speaker had no hand, nor control in the management of the Adhoc Delegate Election in Enyiogugu as it was primarily and entirely the affairs of the Enyiogugu people and those sent to supervise and conduct the election by the party’s officials.
He said the allegation about the use of SSS, police, thugs and cult members was a figment of her own imagination as it has embarrassed the entire PDP in Enyiogugu ward and Aboh Mbaise in general.”
He further admonished the Senator to concentrate on winning the governorship primaries in accordance with the party guidelines rather than looking for scapegoats.