Overbearing state govt interest blamed suspended indefinitely
For the second time in five days, the effort by members of the inter-party advisory council (IPAC) comprising of the Anambra state chapter chairman of the various registered political parties to elect a new executive to oversee its affair in Anambra state was bitterly stalemated.
The council which hitherto had two parallel factional executives when the executive at the national level broke into two irreconcilable factions shortly after the 2015 general elections, had attempted last Friday, Sept 23, 2016, to bury the hatchet without success.
The move, according to the spokesman and chairman of the people’s democratic party PDP, prince ken emeakayi was because of the national executive structure.
But at the follow-up meeting held at best western hotels awka sept 27,2016, to mend fences and patch things up, the party chiefs differences appeared unresolved, hence settling for 7-man interim executive while the election was postponed indefinitely.
An unconfirmed source alleged that the all progressive grand alliance (APGA)led state government’s moves to muscle the council into acting its script was the reason for stalemate.
Though the state chairman of the APGA, chief Norbert obi at the meeting, he remained taciturn about the deliberations. He was however nominated to head the interim executive alongside six others including chairman of the hope democratic party, chief Sam oraegbunam, and a Nollywood star who is the chairman of the advance Congress for Democrats (ACD), Obiageri Kate Okafor. The source noted that the posture has shown that both officers would not be running for the next IPAC chairman, especially chief obi, who political watcher noted have not been taken into confidence in the scheme of things by the gov willie obiano administration. He was described as a mere paper chairman who was dumped the way the former state chairman of all progressive Congress (APC) Chief Amaechi obidike who resigned his position to help build the obiano leadership .but had been ignominiously relegated to near oblivion.
In a resolution readout to journalist shortly after the meeting, the PDP chairman, the prince ken emeakayi revealed plans by the council to organize political summit the state soon.
He stated that the meeting resolved also to postpone their election indefinitely to enable members to do deeper and wider consultations with their individual parties structures and followers.
He said that the unification of the two former factions had been achieved, but that there was still need for all go back for wider consultation before the election holds.
The members of the interim management team included Norbert obi, Kate Okafor, Akudo chinwendu, Peter okala, Bartho igwedibia, Chief Sam oraegbunam, and Nelson ihenatuorah. Those appointed into the committee for the proposed political summit include emekayi, Barr Emeka ibe of APC, luke ezeanokwasi of the Labour party, omeife omaife,ikechukwu nwekwe, Dr. Sylvester igwilo, and Mr onuka. Describing the day’s deliberation as peaceful fruitful and interactive,emeakayi denied the allegation that there were moves imposed anyone on them, and there was no issue of misappropriation of any money, claiming he was hearing it for the first time