It appears prominent stakeholders from the Southeast who rejected Senator Sam Anyanwu as the consensus candidate to emerge the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national secretary may not have a choice any longer as reports claim Okey Muo Aroh, who had hoped to challenge Anyanwu for that position has been rejected by the screening committee of the PDP.
According to the Punch, the Screening Sub- committee of the PDP disqualified Muo Aroh and two others for taking the party to court to stop the convention.
Okey Muo Aroh. Credit: Facebook.
Recall that former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, former Governor of Imo, Achike Udenwa and other prominent stakeholders from the Southeast region had rejected Senator Anyanwu. A party member, Chief Madu Chinemerem, who was present at the meeting had accused the Governors of Abia and Enugu State, Okezie Ikpeazu and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, of playing to the tune of a South-South Governor by wanting to impose Senator Anyanwu, who is from Imo state, on the region. This led to the collapse of the adoption of Anyanwu as the consensus candidate and the emergence of Okey Muo Aroh, from Anambra State, to challenge him for that position.
Senator Sam Anyanwu. Credit: The Sun News.
The South-South Governor that is alleged to be imposing Anyanwu is believed to be Rivers State Governor, Nyesome Wike. Both Wike and Anyanwu are close allies. In my opinion, the reason why he was rejected by Peter Obi and others may be connected to 2023 ambition. Recall that speculations have been linking both Peter Obi and Nyesome Wike to the 2023 presidency. So both men may be scheming to have their allies in key positions in the party.
However, now that the screening committee has disqualified Okey Muo Aroh, the coast is now clear for the candidate allegedly backed by Governor Wike to emerge the next national secretary of the PDP at the October 30th convention.
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