Ahead of the November gubernatorial election, in Imo State, all the Executive members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state have resigned en masse.
According to the state’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Collins Opuozor, who briefed newsmen, alongside other leaders of the Party, in Owerri, their resignation became inevitable due to threats of harm against them.
The Party leaders alleged that the loyalists of the Imo State PDP governorship candidate, Samuel Anyanwu, had threatened the executive members of the Imo PDP with violence and intimidation.
The text of World Press Conference on the mass resignation of members of the Imo State Working Committee of the PDP read in part:
“In unequivocal terms, we announce to you that the PDP in Imo State has now been damaged beyond redemption by the National Secretary, Sen. Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu (Samdadday), and the Party is at last moving irreversibly to its terminus.
“But, since Senator Anyanwu became the National Secretary of the Party, he has never relented in deploying the powers of his office to fight members of this Working Committee and intimidate even ordinary members of the Party. Endless strife, mindless wars and erosion of all democratic values and principles have now defined and defiled Imo PDP.
“Day after day, Senator Anyanwu still sponsors his very few loyalists to cook up puerile petitions against us and flood the National Secretariat of the Party with such inanities. On the basis of those contrivances, he has continued to threaten to dissolve the Party in Imo State, even after we have defeated him at the Supreme Court. Samdadday has remained unrelenting and unrepentant in his destructive agenda.”
They alleged that the exco members had escaped all kinds of attacks and fingered the PDP guber candidate as sponsor of the attacks.
The statement further read: “All of us in the State Working Committee are reputable people who have made their marks in their various areas of endeavour. How could Senator Anyanwu destroy our reputation, and also destroy the Party we have built, simply because of his fight for individual survival? The implication is that if by mistake he is allowed to govern Imo State, he will further destroy our dear state if only that would guarantee his individual survival.”
They alleged some armed thugs invaded their house last Saturday, vandalised their building, causing extensive damage to the structure.
“This latest attack was the most brazen and audacious attempt to eliminate us. It is curious that the so-called function, which Senator Anyanwu claims to have brought him and his thugs to the Party Secretariat was totally unknown to us as SWC members.
“When the State Chairman, Engr. Charles Ugwuh, made efforts to bring the police to investigate the attack, Senator Anyanwu stood against it. Is that not shocking? How can a man who says he wants to make Imo safe again be caught aiding and abetting acts of violence and insecurity even against his own party members? There is clear danger! There is fire on the mountain! Run! Run!! Run!!! We must now run to stay alive!”
Obviously in a bid to make good their call for caution the exco announced their mass resignation.
“In view of the foregoing and many other shocking discoveries which will soon be made public, we, the undersigned members of the Imo State Working Committee of the PDP, have resolved to resign our various positions in the Party and dump the Party en masse.
“We have today opened the floodgate of resignations and defections, and in the next couple of weeks, there will be only Senator Anyanwu left in the Party.”
The party exco that resigned the statement included: Sir Martins Ejiogu (State Deputy Chairman); Hon (Nze) Ray Emeaña (State Secretary); Comrade Greg G.O.C. Nwadike (State Youth Leader); Collins Opurozor (State Publicity Secretary); Hon. Chief Mrs. Maria Mbakwe (State Woman Leader); Barr. Josiah Eze (State Treasurer) and Barr. Chibuisi Obido (State Vice Chairman, Orlu Zone).
Although full details of the development are yet to unfold, there are speculations that the exco members and their supporters may be heading to the Labour Party (LP).