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Imo PDP Reacts To Members Challenging 2020 Convention Results

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Imo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP has said that their members going to court are wasting their time, as the party is more united and better after 2020 convention.

In a release signed by Ogubundu Nwadike, the party leadership under Engr. Charles Ugwu is legitimate and is in the process of uniting aggrieved members of the party.

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PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY, IMO STATE

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Press Statement

IMO PDP MORE UNITED AND BETTER AFTER 2020 CONGRESSES, DISAPPOINTING THOSE IN COURT

The attention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State has been drawn to a syndicated media story by a group of misguided fellows who seek to paint a picture that Imo PDP is in disunity. Truth is that now more than ever before, the Party is united and making good progress. This clarification has become necessary to fumigate the air against the wrong information being fed the public with regards to the unity of the Party over the 2020 Imo PDP Congresses. Our great Party is very united in Imo State.

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The Party is aware that a group of four persons led by the former State Vice Chairman, Orlu Zone PDP, one Chief Alloy Igwe, who sought re-election but failed during the 2020 State Congress, filed an action at the Federal High Court in SUIT NO: FHC/OW/CS/90/2020, wherein they sought an interim injunction against the PDP and the Engr. Charles Ugwu-led State Executive on the Thursday, 19th August, 2020. That application was heard at the Federal High Court, Owerri, wherein the Federal High Court Vacation Court, sitting in Port Harcourt and presided over by Justice I. M. Sani. The Court refused the application for interim injunction against the Imo PDP.

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We wish to salute the courage of Justice I. M. Sani for refusing such opaque and strange application by the misguided fellows. We commend the trial Judge for refusing to fall into the trap set by the mischief-makers to bring the Nigerian judiciary to utter disrepute.

While the matter is sub judis, as it is now before the Court, we wish to state for the records that upon conclusion of the PDP Congresses in Imo State, few members of the Party who did not get desired positions to serve at various levels of the Party may feel disappointed and aggrieved. The Engr. Charles Ugwuh-led State Executive of the PDP has put in motion the necessary processes to reconcile and assuage the feelings of the many genuine party faithfuls who felt they lost out of the Party’s congresses.

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While the Party is making efforts to assuage the feeling of our aggrieved members, the Party is not unmindful of the devices of few divisive elements within its fold, playing the roles of fifth columnists. The recent legal action against the Party by only four disgruntled members of the Party cannot be seen as a serious division within the larger PDP fold. For the avoidance of doubt, only these four persons sued the Party to challenge the processes of the Imo PDP 2020 congresses.

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The PDP is the most organised party in Nigeria. And because it is a very good brand, it will be difficult not to see some fellows who may feel aggrieved when they lose out in their quest to occupy party offices at various levels of the Party. For example, the declared leader of the four litigants in the recent lawsuit is aggrieved because he failed in his quest to be retained for a second tenure as the State Vice Chairman of Orlu Zone PDP. But fact is that he lost out due to his disciplinary issues within the Party. Having said that, we feel it is absurd to use the litigation by a group of four persons as a yardstick verdict against the Imo PDP 2020 Congresses, which went smoothly and was observed and approved by all relevant agencies of the Party, as being well-organised and hitch-free. It may also interest members of the public to note that no member of the Party, including the Plaintiffs in the recent court action, appealed appropriately to the Party against the Ward, LGA and State PDP Congresses as required by the PDP Constitution and the Guidelines by the National Working Committee (NWC) for the 2020 Congresses. The reports of the Ward, LGA Congresses, and the Appeals Committee reports bear witnesses to our position that the exercises were very peaceful, free and devoid of any negative incidents.

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The PDP in Imo State wishes to inform its teeming members to ignore the alarmists, whose application for injunction was refused at the Court, and continue to go about their lawful businesses and duties. Imo PDP is very united and strong, organised and formidable. The desperation of the four litigants to secure positions shows that the PDP is a very good brand. By God’s grace Imo PDP will pass through the lawsuit with victory again, growing bigger, better, more united, and stronger. Power to the people!

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Signed:

Ogubundu Nwadike,
State Publicity Secretary,
Imo PDP.

September 2, 2020.

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