Ihedioha Withdraws From Imo PDP Guber Primary Amid Dwindling Popularity

Former Governor Emeka Ihedioha, has withdrawn from the Imo State Peoples Democratic Party Governorship primary race.

Mr. Ihedioha communicated his decision in a letter addressed to the embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr Iyiorchia Ayu dated March 27, 2023.

Recall that Ihedioha had drawn the anger of Igbos and Imolites when he was caught saying in a leaked video that any of his kinsmen supporting Peter Obi for president is a saboteur, a strong word used to label betrayers in Igboland.

That outburst had cost him enormous political capital. However, it is still unclear if his decision to withdraw from the governorship race is connected with his dwindling popularity, triggered by his open preference for Atiku Abubakar for president, instead of Mr. Obi, an Igbo like himself.

In any case, the former dep. Speaker of the House of Reps wrote in his letter, “As I turned 58 years last Friday, March 24, I had cause to reflect on so many things, including the state of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

“Having been a member since its formation in 1998, I align myself with the request made by our state chapter to the National Working Committee (NWC) for a consensus choice of the candidate regarding the 2023 Governorship primaries.

“In the interest of harmony and unity of the Party, I have elected to make the personal sacrifice of withdrawing from further participation in the processes leading to the emergence of the gubernatorial candidate.

“And I am sure many of those who have, on their own, already started mobilizing for me in Imo State will be disappointed.

“I sincerely seek their understanding and that of associates, admirers and particularly the electorates who have over the years aligned themselves and identified with my political aspirations.

“I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to have served my various constituencies both as a legislator and Governor. I am also proud of the positive impact I made, particularly in the seven months I served as the Governor of Imo State.”

Read the letter below:

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