By Musa Baba Adamu
The Abia State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has chided the member representing the Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Sam Onuigbo.
Recall that Onuigbo currently serving two terms in office had dumped the PDP for the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state.
The federal lawmaker cited alleged denial of the opportunity to produce PDP ward executive members in the 2020 congress of the party in Ikwuano Local Government of the state by the National Organizing Secretary of the PDP-Col. Austin Akobundu (Rtd).
But refuting the alleged claim by Onuigbo as made in some media outfits, the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Hon Fabian Nwankwo, in a statement, called on the lawmaker to emulate the recent wise decision of one of the former foundation leaders of the APC in Abia State, Barr. Ugochukwu Okeugo, and his numerous supporters by rejoining the PDP to guarantee success of his future political ambition.
Nwankwo maintained that against the wish of other PDP leaders from the same Ibere Ward II with the lawmaker, Onuigbo was allowed to single-handedly produce 100 percent of the PDP ward executives but was refrained by the constitution of the PDP from repeating the same process alone in the Ikwuano Local Government Congress of the party in which he challenged the outcome of the LG congress in court but lost the court verdict that he did not appeal against the judgment before he hurriedly defected to the APC.
The PDP spokesman advised Onuigbo to put the record straight by telling the truth of how the 2020 ward and LG congresses were conducted in Ikwuano in order to avoid continuously misinforming the public, including the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, into erroneous thinking that he was not given fair treatment by Col. Austin Akobundu and the party in the congresses whereas the actual fact emanated from Onuigbo over ambitious move to start the process of actualizing his third term bid in office contrary to the provisions of the constitution of the PDP.
He further advised Onuigbo to soft paddle by returning to the PDP fold like his brother Barrister Ugochukwu Okeugo and his supporters for amicable settlement of the vexed issue to enable him join hands in supporting the progressive administration of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and robust internal democracy being enjoyed in the State Chapter of the PDP under the Chairmanship of Rt. Hon Alwell Asiforo Okere.