The arrangement by the South-East stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to produce a consensus candidate for the position of national secretary in the forthcoming national convention seemed to have suffered a setback.
1st News reports that two aspirants from the zone — Sen. Samuel Anyanwu from Imo and Okey Muo-Aroh from Anambra; had submitted their nomination and express forms.
Anyanwu, speaking to newsmen shortly after submitting his nomination and expression of interest forms; said his candidacy was unanimously endorsed by the South-East leaders of the PDP.
He disputed the claim that he was imposed on the zone as a consensus candidate; saying he could never be imposed by anybody as he described himself as “a moving machine for the party.”
“I have always won elections in Imo. In the South East- Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Abia and Ebonyi, there is no leader that does not know who I am.
“I am a very humble person, I am very humane and of course a pure and true loyal party member; that everybody wants to listen to. There is no problem in the South-East,” he said.
If elected, he promised to reconcile aggrieved PDP members in the zone, as well bring back those who had left the party, to boost PDP chances in the 2023 general elections.
Anyanwu said that the South-East zone was traditionally a PDP zone; also adding that all would be done to bring back all states in the zone to the fold in 2023.
“We will go for total reconciliation. We are going to do a forensic audit to know why there were disaffections; and we will bring everybody on board to make sure that there is unity in the party,” Anyanwu said.
Meanwhile, few hours after Anyanwu left the party secretariat, Muo-Aroh, another aspirant from Anambra; also submitted his nomination forms.
He said that the secretary was early micro-zoned to Anambra and auditor to Imo; only for them to be called for a meeting in Enugu State where Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia were in attendance.
He said it was at the meeting that Ikpeazu said that the position of secretary had been zoned to Imo and Anyanwu emerged as the endorsed candidate.
He also said that if the party leaders in the zone meant well for PDP it would have done proper consultations; instead of imposing a candidate on the people.
“On that basis, the people of Anambra totally reject that so-called arrangement.
“As I said, politics is about negotiations and compromises. Our people are ready to sit down at the round-table; and also discuss these problems.
“We are members of the PDP. We cannot run away from this party. No amount of shenanigans, no threat, no impunity can push somebody like me away from PDP because I have been there,” Muo-Aroh said