What we need from PDP, by Abia chapter

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MEMBERS of the Abia State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday evening told the party’s National Integration Committee led by former national chairman, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, that what the state needs is due attention by the Federal Government, not integration or reconciliation.
According to them, such attention would include attending to decayed and decaying infrastructures, especially the federal roads which would indicate the state belongs to the ruling party.

The committee members were in the state for PDP national assignment to reconcile and integrate aggrieved members of the party. According to the party faithful who spoke during the interactive session held at the party’s state secretariat in Umuahia, the state capital, the Abia PDP is united. They said this has been made possible by what they described as the quality leadership of the party under the control of Governor Theodore Orji.

Among the speakers at the gathering were Dr. Emelike Okoro for party elders, Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Chief Allwell Okere for the lawmakers, Mr. Kingsley Imaga for the 17 Local Governments Chapters Chairmen of the party, Dr. Kate Obiechina for female members, Mao Ohuabunwa for other stakeholders and one Mr. Oluchi Maduako said to be a staff in the secretariat. Senator Enyi Abaribe represented the senators while Mrs. Nkeiru Onyejiocha represented those of the House of Representatives. They all claimed that the state PDP had long been reconciled into one strong family.

In his address, the state PDP Chairman, Senator Emma Nwaka commended the party national leadership for setting up the committee to reconcile estranged party members and encourage influx of new ones.

On reconciliation, Nwaka posited that it is only members that can complain of estrangement, say by way of marginalization or any other form of ill-treatment. “ Such members are welcome here. This meeting is not for non-members of PDP. So if for whatever reason you left the party either to form a new one or join an existing party, your case is different.

“ This meeting is not for people like this. Our party constitution is clear on this. To return to the party, such a person has to bring fresh application at the ward level, and if readmitted, such a person shall be on probation. This forum should not be for such cases, new members are always welcome.”

Nwaka said enough publicity was made to enable aggrieved members to attend and present their case and ventilate their complaint.

“My Exco assumed office at a most difficult time in the annals of this chapter. We had the arduous task of wielding elements from PPA, APGA and PDP together to build the strong PDP we have today with the strong support of Governor Theodore Orji who ensured that having come together, every party member got from government whatever was due to him in terms of appointments and through many of his economic empowerment programmes, regardless of your former party. With time, we meshed into the solid happy family we are today.”

Elated by the claims of peace and unity said to be prevailing in the state party, a member of the Committee, Prof. Jerry Gana, who said he knew what the state used to be, called on the Federal Government to attend to the complained needs of the state, saying that doing so would make the state feel proud of belonging the ruling party.

Vice National Chairman of PDP for the South East, Colonel Austin Akobundu (rtd), said contracts have already been awarded for repair of the roads.

Ali stated that the Committee was raised to ensure coherence in the party so as to enable it win elections at all levels. He urged the Abia PDP to look into any other internal problem, including any pertaining to the workers grievances.

Source: vanguard

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