.Offers to offset legal bills of candidates whose mandates were stolen
The National Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu has halted moves by some aggrieved PDP members in Imo State to leave the party.
The aggrieved members are reported to have resolved to exit from the party after their preferred candidates were betrayed and sabotaged by some stakeholders in the February 25 and March 18, 2023 National and State Assembly elections respectively.
Senator Anyanwu urged members of the party in Imo State to close ranks and remain steadfast at this critical time, insisting that unity and cooperation remained the only factors that could guarantee the viability of the party for the task ahead in the state.
Senator Anyanwu spoke at the weekend while addressing local government area and ward chairmen of the party from Orlu, Okigwe and Owerri zones of the state.
He called for all hands to be on deck for the PDP to take back the state in the November 11, 2023 Governorship election in line with the yearnings and aspiration of the people of the state.
Senator Anyanwu also appealed to PDP LGA and ward chairmen to immediately commence the reconciliation of aggrieved members of the party in their areas.
He maintained that the party did not lose in the election and assured that he would assist PDP candidates to offset all the legal bills they may encounter in the effort to recover the party’s mandate at the tribunal.
According to Anyanwu, “As the National Secretary of our great party, I will never allow PDP to die in Imo; I will liaise with other leaders to keep our party alive. This is a fight that all of us should battle instead of thinking of leaving the party.
“We are witnesses to the broad daylight political robbery against our party at the elections and we are working seriously to reclaim our stolen mandates through the court.
“It is obvious that PDP did not lose any election, this is why I have directed our candidates to submit their petitions to selected chambers to enable us prosecute and revisit the issue with a view to recovering our mandates.
“Be that as it may, in my capacity as the National Secretary of PDP, I will assist our candidates to offset all the legal bills during the exercise”.
The PDP National Secretary urged the members to join hands with him and other leaders to bring PDP back on track, adding that victory awaits the party at the November 11, 2023 Governorship election in the State
He added; “What we should concentrate on now is how our party can be united to be able to confront the November 11, 2023 Governorship election. We should discourage division within the PDP; the only thing we can do is to reconcile with our brothers and sisters who are aggrieved.
“In my resolve to sue for peace, I want to appeal to everyone to stop insulting our party leaders and each other. This is the time for healing, we should forget everything that happened in the past and remain focused and steadfast towards reclaiming our state from insecurity and abject poverty”.
He commended the people of Imo State for always standing by the PDP and charged them to remain peaceful, law-abiding and focused in the determination to recover Imo from the stranglehold of the suppressive, corrupt and retrogressive All Progressives Congress (APC).