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The crisis threatening to tear the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State apart has worsened as members of the State Working Committee (SWC) have resigned from their positions citing several reasons.
At a press conference monitored by The Eastern Updates on Sunday, the SWC in what appeared a nightmarish birthday gift to the party’s governorship candidate, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, dumped his candidature and resigned enmasse.
In a statement, SWC declared that Anyanwu, who is also the national secretary cannot lead them to victory in the November governorship election.
They regretted that since the emergence of Anyanwu, everything about the party has been downgraded. They complained that neither the rent for the state secretariat nor staff salaries have been paid, and alleged that party members were being hounded and visited with violence by thugs allegedly employed by the PDP candidate.
They accused Anyanwu of engaging in violence against party members in a bid to take absolute control of the party structure.
They wondered how a man whose campaign slogan was to make Imo State safe again was the same person unleashing violence on innocent party supporters.
‘In the 2023 elections, we made a very poor showing simply because Senator Anyanwu directed his loyalists to mobilise and work against the party and our candidates at all levels in the state. The PDP in Imo State has now been damaged beyond redemption by the National Secretary, Senator Samuel Anyanwu and the party is at last moving irreversibly to its terminus.’
They said they could no longer tolerate the violence and excesses of Senator Anyanwu, hence their decision to resign and dump the PDP.
Those who signed the statement include Sir Martins Ejiogu, state deputy national chairman; Nze Ray Emeana, secretary; Greg G.O.C Nwadike; youth leader; Collins Opuruzo, publicity secretary; Mrs. Maria Mbakwe; woman leader; Joseph Eze, treasurer, and Chibuisi Obido, vice chairman, Orlu Zone.
Reacting, Anyanwu said he was not surprised by the resignation, saying their action was only a confirmation that they have been moles in the party.
Anyanwu, in a statement by his spokesperson, Ikenna Onuoha, said their resignation will boost a healthy campaign for his November 11 governorship election in the state.