by Dare Lawal
Emeka Ihedioha, the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, is the aspirant who won the PDP governorship primary in Imo state. But a former senator from the state, Ifeanyi Ararume, is now contesting the victory.
It appears that Ararume is going on with his own campaign as though he is the candidate and that is becoming a distraction and a problem for Ihedioha who has been forced to release a press statement condemning the actions of the former senator.
Ararume recently staged a road show as part of his campaign. However, Ihedioha said in a statement signed by his Campaign Director, Chief Chris Okewulonu, that Ararume should “immediately put an end to these ill-advised activities that are inimical to the electoral successes of our great party in Imo State and clearly injurious to the prevailing peace in the state.”
“Our attention has been drawn to the unfortunate road show along the streets of Owerri by people who are not indigenes of Imo State and organized by Senator Ifeanyi Araraume one of the governorship aspirants who contested the December 8 ,2014 party primaries which Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha won and purporting himself as new governorship candidate of our party (PDP).
“This false claim and regrettable action of Senator Ifeanyi Araraume has no doubt bemused our party faithful and Imo people in general. One therefore, wonders if they are deliberate campaign, designed to provoke the PDP family in Imo State to engage in violence which could jeopardize the expected electoral success of the PDP in the forthcoming 2015 elections.
“It is also regrettable that the APC led Imo State Government is already celebrating this unwarranted conduct of Senator Araraume over the airwaves.”
The statement added, “it is noteworthy that these condemnable activities of Chief Godwin Ifeanyi Araraume are contrary to sections 58 (1) a, b, c, f, h, i and j of the Constitution of our great party being aimed at causing disaffection among members of the party, promoting fractionalization of the PDP family in Imo State and unauthorized publicity of disputes within the party.
“The State Working Committee (SWC) led by the Imo State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Barr. Nnamdi Anyaehie as well as the National Working Committee (NWC) being the relevant authorities of our great party had severally issued statements affirming Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as the winner of the governorship primaries and governorship candidate of our great party for the 2015 elections.
“As our brother and compatriot, we habour no malice but enjoin Senator Araraume to see good reason as a party man and discontinue these ill-advised activities inimical to the electoral successes of our great party in Imo State and clearly injurious to the prevailing peace of the state.”