BY SUNNY A. DAVID
The Peoples Democratic Party PDP four Governors in the South East failed to attend the Zonal meeting of the party on Sunday in Anambra State.
None of Governors Emeka Ihedioha of Imo, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu States attended the meeting.
The South East meeting of the party however attracted the Zonal Chairman of PDP, Mr. Austine Umahi From Ebonyi and the Governorship hopefuls for Anambra State 2021.
Leading the pack of the Governorship aspirants were Dr. Obiora Okonkwo, Senator Uche Ekwunife and Hon Chris Azubuogu among others.
The aspirants vowed to work together to ensure victory in the 2021 governorship election to make the entire zone a PDP Controlled Zone.
They also promised that they would not allow the party to be hijacked by money bags or its ticket bought, during the election.
Addressing the members, the zonal chairman, Mr. Austin Umahi, warned interested aspirants to rather resort to hard work than hoping to hijack the party.
According to Mr. Umahi: “We’re happy that Anambra PDP today is one family. There is no faction in the party in the State today, and I want to assure you that under my watch, no one man can hijack this party.
“My wish is that under my watch, Anambra State will join PDP. I am not in doubt that you have the capacity to do this. You have people in Anambra who are capable, and the party in the state also has the resources.
“When we started working to win Imo State, I was always going to the state on a weekly basis, and it was like a joke, but today Imo is a PDP State. We hope that Anambra will be the fifth PDP state in the south east, and when I am handing over, I will do so with happiness.”
The Anambra State Chairman of PDP, Hon. Ndubuisi Nwobu said the party would not do any form of merchandising in the forthcoming election.
Hon. Nwobu urged those who had interest in contesting the governorship election to go and seek the support of the people and not hope that they could induce the party to hand them the ticket on a platter of gold.
Said he: “Our Zonal Chairman, may I tell you that Anambra PDP is very easy people to govern. I found this out since I became the State Chairman of the party”
“All you need to cage an Anambra man is to keep telling him the truth. As elections approach, I want to say that there will not be any form of merchandising during this election. The primary election of the party would be very transparent”