From Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka
Barely two weeks after the emergence of a new National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adamu Muâ€™azu, the tussle for the leadership of the party in Anambra State resurrected again at the weekend.
The Chief Ejike Oguebego-led faction of the party at a meeting, disowned the state chairman recognized by the former national leadership of the party, Prince Ken Emeakayi, describing him as an imposter.
The confusion created by the leadership tussle had led to factionalization of the party which became more prominent during the November 16, 2013 governorship election in the state, with the PDP National Working Committee (NWC), led by Alhaji Bamaga tukur, pitching tent with the Emeakayi group while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recognized Oguebegoâ€™s group.
Addressing members of his faction, Oguebego said Emeakayi sent text messages to some stakeholders of the party from the state, inviting them to Abuja for a courtesy visit to the new PDP National Chairman, Muâ€™azu, on February 4, 2014 but he intercepted the text and countered it by advising those invited by Emeakayi to be properly guided as they were being misled.
His counter message, he said, made the national party to direct Emeakayi and the stakeholders not to come to the party secretariat.
Briefing journalists, he alleged that Emeakayi by every intent and purpose was laying claims and usurping an office he had no title to and warned him to desist from parading himself in that capacity.
He also used the opportunity to congratulate the new National Chairman of the PDP, Muâ€™azu, describing him as a seasoned gentleman, who believed in internal democracy and the rule of law.
Pledging the support of his leadership to the new national executive of PDP, Oguebego urged Muâ€™azu to right all the misdeeds done in the Anambra State chapter of the partyÂ to ensure equity and fair play.
He also expressed the state executive committeeâ€™s loyalty to President Goodluck Jonathan and their support for his transformation agenda and his efforts to address security challenges in the country.