The Imo State Secretary for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ray Emeagha, has said that a factional leader of the party, Cairo Ojugboh, has no right to involve himself in the party’s matters.
“Cairu Ojugboh has no business talking for PDP, he is not an officer of the PDP, he is a former member of the National Executive Committee of PDP and his tenure has expired so why is he castigating the party.
This is coming about 24 hours after Mr Ojugboh stated that the internal crisis in the PDP had resulted in the party’s recent dwindling fortunes.
“Ojugbho cannot speak for PDP, by any circumstance, by any sense of imagination,” he stressed.
Analysing the situation in the party, he said: “Dr Cairo was not a member of the National Working Committee, in fact, in the 2012 convention of the PDP, Chief Oru was elected at the national convention as the south-south vice chairman of our great party, PDP.
“He was then appointed the Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, thereafter, that position became vacant”.
He explained that “by virtue of the constitution of the PDP, section 47(6), when a position becomes vacant, the position should be filled by another member of the party from that particular area that was how this character, Dr Cairo Ojugboh came on board.
“As at 2015 his tenure expired and he was no longer the National Vice chairman of PDP, representing south-south.
In the same vein, Dr Mu’azu resigned from the party as the National Chairman Of the PDP and also in line with the constitution, Ali-Mohdu Sheriff was brought in to complete his tenure of three months.
Thereafter, there was meant to be a national convention and the national convention in Port-Harcourt, removed him as the chairman.
He explained that the constitution of PDP is clear and that when Ali-Modu sheriff was appointed, his appointment was ratified by the National working committee of the party.
On the outcome of the governorship election in Ondo State, which his party lost to the All Progressives Congress, he stressed that “if we are not careful, we are indirectly working towards the truncation of this democracy.
“There is a new attempt to redefine Nigerian politics, to redefine rigging and Nigerians should be conscious of this development
“There is a design to rig election before the election, using members of the party, who may not have genuine stake, to evade the party and truncate it from within”.
Laying claims to events that had happened in Imo State, Ojugboh had also alleged that there had been a lack of internal democracy in the PDP, but Mr Emeagha denied the claims, stating that people should be honest enough to discuss issues they are conversant with.
“Dr Cairo does not come from Imo State and I’m surprised to hear such a personality, discussing in such an ignorant form,” he added.