Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
Former governor of Imo State, Chief Achike Udenwa has said that the major reason the current government led Governor Rochas Okorocha is entrenching evil and hardship in the state is because the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is docile in the state.
Udenwa’s comment followed the mass sack of thousands of civil servants in the state and the attendant alleged shooting of armless medical doctors demonstrating against what they called “anti life policies of the Okorocha government”.
Speaking weekend when the new caretaker executive members paid him a courtesy visit in his Owerri residence, the former governor stated that most of the people who served in the party executives from ward to state levels were only answerable to people who handpicked them as party executives and never responsible to the real owners of the party—the people.
He insisted that evil was thriving in the state because those who were at the helm of the affairs of the party did not know what to do at any given time.
Udenwa lamented that the party could not win House of Assembly elections in several constituencies because most of the candidates fielded were as a result of names written by individuals, who claimed to own the party.
He added that most of the candidates could not even win elections in their own booths and the opposition capitalized on that to win the elections.
Because of this, Udenwa stated, many people left the party and were watching to see if any action would be taken to bring back the glory days.
He charged the committee to be fair, just and balanced, accommodate every interest and restore Imo PDP to winning ways, especially as APC government in the state has failed woefully.
The ex-governor called on the caretaker committee to do everything within its power to hand the party over to the grassroots by conducting ward, local government and state congresses devoid of the usual manipulation and written results by money-bags.
For the caretaker committee to achieve its goal of getting the party back to cleanly winning ways in the state, Udenwa told them that they must shun receiving list of candidates, from the so-called leaders including himself, to emerge as winners of the congresses.
He also urged them to ensure that zoning takes its prominent place in the positions that would be contested so as to avoid acrimony.
He assured them of his support saying, “Many people left the party because of these writing results. But if we elect the right leaders, a lot of our people will come back because there is no place for them in the APC and other parties.
“If you give us good ward, local government and state executives, Imo PDP will begin to bubble again and by extension the state in its entirety will begin to bubble with activities. Please don’t accept list from anybody including me. You must develop a strong will and be bold to say no to any form of subversion. That is the only way we can move forward. If I’m a loyal party man, am supposed to be loyal to my ward chairman because he is my first oga in the party”.
Udenwa told them of the need to ensure that they put a good executive on ground and that through that means they would be praised forever.
Earlier, the caretaker committee chairman, Hon. Vitalis Okafor told the former governor that their visit was to seek his support to deliver on their mandate of re-organising the party and bring it back to winning ways especially in 2019.
Okafor who promised to be fair, just and balanced, accommodate every interest, said the committee would use the mandate given to it to achiev the goal for which they were appointed.
Evil Is Thriving In Imo Because PDP Is Docile—Ex-Gov. Udenwa
Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri