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Intrigues as S'East PDP plots Nwodo's removal

'They have no such powers' 
THE embattled national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo now has more hurdles to overcome as the South-East zonal leadership of the party yesterday passed a vote of no confidence on him and called for his resignation with immediate effect.  
The zonal PDP leaders also called for the suspension of the national chairman from the party should he fail to heed the call, just as they apologised to Nigerians for what they called "calamitous behaviour of Nwodo in deliberately and willfully attempting to void the special convention by not only showing up but forcibly taking over the officiating at the convention before he was overpowered and subdued."  
But in a swift reaction, Nwodo dismissed the outcome of the meeting, insisting that the South-East alone did not possess the powers to oust him from office.  
A statement after the meeting signed by the party's Zonal Secretary, Vincent Okpalaeke, also supported the Acting National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Mohammed Haliru Bello to run the party, pending the emergence of a chairman of South East extraction acceptable to party members within the zone to finish Nwodo's remaining period in office.  
The statement reads in part: "Having reviewed developments within the PDP, especially as it affects the South East geo-political zone, the South East Zonal Committee of the party resolved to:

 
* Congratulate the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan on his overwhelming victory as the presidential standard-bearer at the PDP special convention; 
* restate our overwhelming endorsement of his candidacy and our firm belief that he and the Vice President, Namadi Sambo possess the experience, education and sufficient knowledge of Nigeria's problems to be able to pilot the country to the next level of her development; 
* commend the president for his exemplary conduct throughout the period of the campaigns, even in the face of glaring acts of provocation, and to urge him to sustain this laudable leadership qualities even as the country is set to elect him president during the general elections in April; 
* condemn without reservation the ignoble conduct of the suspended National Chairman of our party, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, who by flagrantly disregarding the party's constitution, disobeying a valid court order by showing up at the special convention and lying to the convention that the order had been vacated, brought shame and embarrassment to the party and therefore us, his kinsmen and women;  
* apologise to the country for this calamitous behavior of Dr. Nwodo in deliberately and willfully attempting to void the special convention by not only showing up but forcibly taking over the officiating at the convention before he was overpowered and subdued; 
* pass a vote of no confidence on Nwodo and ask him to resign his chairmanship of the party, and that if he fails, the National Executive Committee of our party should expel him from the party. 
In a statement made available to newsmen by Nwodo's Media Adviser, Ike Abonyi, the PDP chairman said: "Whatever decision they took in the so-called meeting is of no effect because they have no such powers. They are just busy body people driven by their own interest. Nwodo couldn't have undermined a project he put his life on the line in the past seven months to achieve which is having a successful national convention and having President Jonathan come through.  
"Even those political enemies know that without him, the national convention would not have been the huge success. May God bless Nigeria and its dangerous politics."  
The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu who was part of the meeting, while reacting to the decision, said it would be wrong for South-East leaders to allow Nwodo to continue to disobey court orders flagrantly, hence the need to save him from further embarrassment. "Nwodo has paid his dues in this country and we are not going to allow him to end up in jail with his flagrant abuse of court orders. We are therefore advising him to quickly throw in the towel now before it gets too late for him".  
Others in the meeting were Governor Sullivan Chime, Senator Ayogu Eze, states chairmen of the PDP in the zone, among others.


 

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