From Paul Ibe, Enugu
Adoption of former minister of health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu as the consensus candidate of the PDP in the Ebonyi state governorship election has continued to illicit reactions.
The incumbent, Martin Elechi threw his weight behind the candidacy of the former minister and was supported by the state executive of the PDP. And now, a group of aggrieved members have vowed to work against PDP in the state and President Jonathan in 2015.
In a press statement in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital, the group which is now operating as a faction threatened the PDP to forget about Ebonyi in the coming general elections. They claimed that the manner in which the governor went about the imposition of the former minister is capable of making the people launch protest votes against the party and the President.
The state factional Chairman of the party, Mike Awo and members of his executive had claimed that since 2007 till date, party caucus as provided for in the PDP constitution has never been held in the state.
He said, “During the last state congress, many of us showed interest to contest for party positions but were not even allowed to obtain the nomination forms, let alone further our desire to contest the election.
“It may interest you to know that the party in Ebonyi State has gestalt compromised. The former state chairman was intimidated to resign so as to allow a stooge who will be doing the governor’s bidding
“From the foregoing it is now very obvious that if there is no intervention, PDP will die a natural death in that state chapter and the President stands the risk of losing election in Ebonyi State.” The group warned.