Former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh has said that the national working committee of the party is trying to cause confusion in the Anambra Chapter.
This comes barely 24 hours to the commencement of party primaries with raging disputes over the the authentic delegates list for the event yet to be resolved.
Sen. Iyiochia Ayu-led NWC on Thursday met with the stakeholders of the party in the state to discuss the issues.
Primaries for the election of State Houses of Assembly, Governorship, National Assembly and Presidential Candidates is scheduled to begin with state assembly congresses on Saturday, May 21.
Metuh explained that there was no problem with the list from Anambra because valid congresses where delegates were elected at the ward, local governments and state levels were held in February and March this year.
According to him : “It it with a heavy heart that I’m addressing the public today specifically on the issue of Anambra State PDP we have had problems in Anambra State for the past two months, three months.
“And we decided to allow the NWC to handle this issue. But having exhausted all the patients, all the negotiations, all the reports, with this Working Committee, we have to bring to the public.
“Today, the national chairman and the Working Committee invited us to a meeting to address what they felt was an issue in the party. And we specifically told the national chairman, and the National Working Committee, that there is no problem in Anambra state.
“We have a ward Congress, Local Government Congress recognized by NWC backed with an INEC report they held and the only thing remaining is for the Working Committee to go ahead and get Congress and do primaries for us.
“Surprisingly, and curiously, they choose to delay the process on grounds of the fact that there was an interlocutory order Stopping them or recognize a different faction and later a judgment of course came to recognize the same list that is backed by a report.
“There’s an unwillingness on the part of the Working Committee and the national chairman to proceed and we decided to go public and plead with the national chairman The National Working Committee as the custodians of the party administration, to please effect the will of the people if you have recognized the ward and local government Congress that you’ve announced.
“You have an INEC report by the same committee, the same list that you recognize and kept with the judgment of court it is only imperative that the national chairman and the National Working Committee obey.
“Any other thing will mean that it is a conspiracy to throw a state into confusion.”
Metuh urged the party leadership not to pander to the wishes of godfathers who he declined to name when asked, Vanguard reports.
He however said as a loyal party man, he and his Colleagues respect the leadership of MR. Peter Obi as the leader of the party in Anambra.