Former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Emeka Ihedioha on Thrusday said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar “is a full-blooded Igbo man”.
Mr. Ihedioha made the claim in Owerri as the PDP in the state officially inaugurated its presidential campaign council, PCC, with him as the chairman of the council.
Despite the enormous popularity of the Labour Party flagbearer Peter Obi in the state, he boasted that “Imo is a PDP State.”
The former deputy speaker of the House of Reps said, “When we were in government, granted autonomy to the local government system, restored confidence in governance and paid pensions, thereby alleviating poverty in the state. These are the credentials we are taking to Imo people. PDP has the best massage in Imo. Our vice presidential candidate is a full-blooded Igbo man. So we have a stake in this election.
“We are proud to be inaugurated today. We accept to work for our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa. We have an arduous task. Last presidential election, PDP polled 67% of the total votes cast in Imo State, and in the election, before that one, we got 93%. In the last election, we delivered for Governorship.”
The inauguration was finally conducted by the state chairman of the party, Charles Ugwu, at the PDP state secretariat along Okigwe road in Owerri.
Recall that this came after the controversies that truncated the earlier plan to inaugurate the PCC, last month.
This time, the party through what was described as a “harmonisation of the list” they were said to have concluded that Ihedioha becomes the chairman of the council and Greg Egu the Director General of the PCC.
This varied from the earlier arrangement, which had Charles Ezekwem, a former state chairman of the party as the DG of the PCC.
Egu said during the inauguration, “If we elect a PDP President, nobody will kick us out of office after seven months. If we deliver a president, anyone who wins the ticket of PDP for Imo governorship will move straight to Douglas House.”