Thursday, 18 February 2016

INEC has no Right to stop us from Participating on Anambra Central Senatorial Rerun—PDP


 


By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Despite the recent Supreme Court Judgment which hailed Ejike Oguebego as the authentic Anambra State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the faction led by Hon Prince Ken Emeakayi seemed to be waxing stronger, even as they claimed to remain the authentic PDP executives and members in the state. Our CEO/Editor, Okechukwu Onuegbu recently spoke with Barr Afam N.N.C. Akonanya (Esq), who is an indigene of Abagana and Anambra State Legal Adviser of PDP under the leadership of Emeakayi.
The excerpt:

PDP in Anambra State Has Being in Faction for long, What is the Party’s Plan to amend its fence following the Supreme Court Judgment?

It is a common knowledge among the Anambrarians and even some persons not from the state that PDP Anambra has been at each other’s neck. And is our sincere intention to come together to re-unite our party, and form an intimidating formidable force capable of defeating our opponents at every election fairly and creditably. That is our intention. Nobody is adverse to that. None is opposing it. No one is opposing oneness. We want to be one. We are coming together to take over Anambra State come next governorship election. The flag of PDP will be flying at Anambra State government house soon.

Although the apex court has spoken, the judgment has not been properly interpreted or made know for everyone to know what it actually meant. But truth remains that political party like ours is a meeting or gathering of friends or families. We are one. The party is supreme. The interest of our party members is how to strengthen the party, how to move forward.  The stakeholders and every member in the party must channel their efforts towards restructuring the party so that those who left will see reasons to return. We must abide by the rules, regulations and interest of the party. Ken Emekayi remains our State Chairman, and he has the interest of the party in his heart. He wants the right thing to be done so that by next election PDP shall be seen as a victor not a victim.

How do you intend to achieve this looking at the like-minds of PDP group you belonged to?

We the like-minds members of PDP are poised to achieve greater things in the party. The essence of us coming together is to chat a new course for our party. We intend to bring all members of the party in the state together to unveil the success envisaged by PDP and the citizenry.

In the forthcoming Anambra Central Senatorial rerun, INEC is reportedly saying that PDP is not qualified to contest unless they present their former candidate, Senator Uche Ekwunife, what is the stand of PDP on this?

Does INEC really has power to disqualify any party? Do they really have power for disqualification at all? If INEC says this person will not contest, for where do they assume the power from? Can they assume power on their own? Which law empowers them to disqualify someone or political party? INEC is not political party that can stop candidate. It is only the parties that can do that. And it is only candidates that can challenge each other at court after election. Anywhere before or after the election, court will have the final say. When the court said put him, INEC must comply. That is my position.

When is PDP planning to conduct its primary to choose a candidate for Anambra Central Senatorial Re-run?

This question should be directed to PDP itself. It is the party affairs.

Your party under the faction of Ken Emeakayi recently held a meeting to chat ways forward. It was learnt that some individuals or conveners of the meeting were arrested. Why?

Do police really have power to stop someone or party from holding meeting? Why would police come and stop people from holding meeting. Do elders, church or associations have to inform the police before embarking on a meeting? I think what the police should have done was to carryout investigations to find out if we are holding illegal or unlawful meeting. Do they discover any arms or ammunitions during the meeting? Unless they want to tell us that carrying phones and files is illegal. They don’t have right to stop PDP.

What then is your advice to Ndi Anambra, especially the PDP faithful and intending members?
I am calling on Ndi Anambra who are members and intending members of our great party to join us because we have all it takes to lead the state to its Promised Land. Let us reunite and take over the state government. We have the interest of people at heart. Other political parties have failed intoto. What are they doing out of their campaign promises? We have all that are needed to move this country forward.

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