Monday, 7 March 2016
PDP chieftains exchange blows in Imo state
It was a free for all at the weekend at the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Secretariat in Owerri, as the caretaker committee members, led by Vitalis Okafor and the outgoing executive of the party led by its chairman, Nnamdi Anyaehie, and their supporters threw decorum to the wind and engaged in fisticuffs.
Okafor whose caretaker committee was inaugurated on the 29th of January this year to pilot the affairs of the party for three months, had hardly settled down for business with his members when the Nnamdi Anyaehie led executive stormed the secretariat in a commando-like opera-tion and chased everybody away with all sorts of weapons.
It took the prompt intervention of security operatives at the PDP office to save further damage, even though scores of various factions of the party in-volved in the fiasco left with broken bones and heads as The AUTHORITY on Sunday gathered.
Okafor who later addressed newsmen accused Chief Anyaehie of causing avoidable confusion within the party and scheming to perpetuate himself in office.
He said the meeting was convened to brief members of the party on the latest development in respect of the legal battle between his committee and that of Anyaehie.
Okafor insisted that the tenure of Chief Anyaehie had since expired as pronounced by the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) which subsequently installed his caretaker committee to preside over the affairs of the party for three months and wondered why Anyaehie refused to comply.
“The people of the state and the PDP have rejected them because they have failed yet they do not want to read the hand writing on the wall,” he lamented.
Efforts to get Chief Anyaehie to react to the allegations proved abortive as he consistently refused to pick his calls.