Imo PDP groups blast Araraume, Ahamba, others over ward congress

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Ifeanyi Ararume

Critical stake­holders in the Peoples Dem­ocratic Party (PDP) Imo State Chap­ter yesterday urged the national leadership of the party to ignore and dismiss calls by “some disgruntled and frus­trated governorship aspirants” who want the result of the re­cently concluded ward congress in the state cancelled.
Describing the petition­ers as agents of destabili­zation who may actually be mercenaries for the op­position; the stakeholders insisted that a free and fair congress held in the 305 wards of the state.
The stakeholders under the aegis of Forum of Elect­ed Ad Hoc Delegates, Imo PDP Renaissance Group and Imo PDP Stakehold­ers Forum in a statement signed by Chief Peter Oke­rie, Mrs Helen Chukwu and Chief Ike Obasi, described the petitioners as bad losers who wanted to reap from where they did not sow.

“They never cam­paigned. They were not as­pirants. They did not spon­sor people. They merely thought that they will be anointed from Abuja as they had boasted. But the real power holders at the grassroots have taught them a lesson”, the groups said.
They regretted that the petitioners included Chief Mike Ahamba, Senator If­eanyi Araraume, Senator Chris Anyanwu and Hon Bethel Amadi, saying they were misled into believing that they could emerge vic­torious without campaign­ing.

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“They relied on their long stay in Aso Rock. They drop Mr President’s name. They relied on their frequent appearance on pages of newspaper and television. They took the grassroots for granted and that is why they crashed”, the groups argued.
They enjoined the Na­tional Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu and the NWC not to give ear to the petition as it lacked merit.
According to them, the ward congress did not only follow due process, the re­sults were a true reflection of the wishes of genuine PDP members in the state.
They noted that even if the election is conducted 10 times, the outcome would still be the same as the pe­titioners are known to be serial governorship failures and bad losers.
They warned the peti­tioners to desist from de­stabilizing the party as they had done in the past before they were pardoned and re­admitted to the PDP.

“Looking at their unsa­voury antecedents as po­litical prostitutes who jump from one party to another it is our considered advice to them to desist from any act that will endanger PDP’s march to Douglas House in 2015”, they said.

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