By David-Chyddy Eleke, Awka
The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh has been accused by his kinsmen in Anambra State of masterminding the destruction of the party in the state.
Stakeholders of the party in the state consisting of Rt Hon Kelue Molokwu, a former deputy speaker of the Anambra State house of assembly and other foundation members of the party in a press conference yesterday said Metuh wants to take over the running of the party and has therefore been working to ensure that his minions get the leadership of the party.
The stakeholders of the party insisted that the actions of Metuh were capable of destroying the party, and therefore called on the members of the national working committee of the party to reign him in, before it is too late.
Metuh was instrumental to the slating of the party’s ward congress for Tuesday next week, after publicizing on Thursday, they said. They said this was done knowing fully well that Friday through Monday are public holidays, and aspirants would be unable to access fund to go about the congress.
They said that even though the sales of forms were announced on Thursday, the form are still lying at the Wadata Plaza Headquaters of the party, yet some people favoured by Metuh have had the forms distributed to them by hand, even without payment.
Part of the text distributed to journalists reads, “The timing of the congress is very wrong, especially with the ward congress which will be held on Tuesday, bearing in Mind that Friday was a public holiday and will remain so until Tuesday.
“we are at a loss where to pick the form, as at this very moment, we are reliably informed that the forms are still lying at the PDP Wadata Plaza, Abuja. We expect that for a congress, a meeting of stakeholders would have predated the congress, but as at this moment, we are yet to know who the congress committee are and everything is shrouded in secrecy.
“What we are saying is that Olisa Metuh is using his power as a member of the NWC to manipulate everything by himself, as we are told from a reliable source in Abuja that NWC does not even know of this, but being masterminded by Metuh.
“We are therefore calling on the national working committee of the party to reign in Olisa Metuh and save this party from collapse and destruction.
The group said that with power having eluded the party both at the state and federal level, the only way to bring back the confidence of the people is to hold a free and fair congress that will reflect the wishes of the people.
Some of those who signed the document which also called for postponement of the congress include; Hon Jessy Balonwu, Basil Ejidike, Ken Arinze, and Chris Okoye among several others, all being foundation members of the party at the state level.