The Peoples Democratic Party in Imo State has officially split into two unyielding factions. This is in line with the crisis rocking the major opposition Party at the national level with Former governors of Borno and Kaduna States laying claim to the national chairmanship position.
In Imo, a faction projecting Chief Nnamdi Anyaehie as its State Chairman has taken over the State Secretariat of the Party as it declares allegiance to Senator Modu Sheriff as the authentic national chairman, while another faction which is set to elect a business mogul, more popularly known as Ikemba Okigwe as its State Chairman has relocated to the Kanu Nwankwo Sporting Complex, Aladimma where it is holding its State congress. This faction is aligned with Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction at the national level.
Meantime, subsisting court judgement favors the Ali Modu Sherriff faction, while the Ahmed Makarfi faction boasts of more support from the core stakeholders of the Party, including majority of governors and legislators elected on the platform of the former ruling Party.
This struggle for the soul of the Party has also pitched some of the Party’s biggest names in the State against one another. Two former Governors of the State, Chief Ohakim and Chief Achike Udenwa on one hand and two powerful legislators; Chief Emeka Ihedioha and Chief Hope Uzodimma on the other hand.
One expects a Party in opposition to concentrate most of its energy and resources in strengthening its structures and selling the Party as a veritable alternative to the ruling Party, but with this unending war of attrition between the various factions in the Party, Imolites may have to look elsewhere for the alternative platform that may give them the required change in government.