The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State has taken a new dimension in the State as 12 members of the 14-man State Working Committee (SWC) of the Party petitioned the National Leadership of the Party over what they described as “the untoward act of conspiracy and gross misconduct exhibited by the State Deputy Chairman of the Party, Elder David Ajah to undermine the interest of the Party in the State and bring it into disrepute”.
In a letter signed by 12 members of the State Working Committee which was addressed to the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, and a copy obtained by our correspondent, the State PDP officials distanced themselves from all the actions taken by Elder Ajah in respect of the non-conduct of the Ward Congresses of the Party on 1st November, 2014, stating that his decisions were strange and unilateral and do not have the backing of the State Working Committee of the Party.
They maintained that no Ward Congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took place in Enugu State on the 1st of November, 2014 as scheduled in the Party’s time-table of activities leading to the Primaries due to non arrival of the electoral materials and members of the National Ward Electoral Committee to the State Party Secretariat at No. 1 Chime Lane, G.R.A, Enugu for the coordination and commencement of the exercise.
The members of the State Working Committee of the Party informed the National Leadership of the Party that all the members of the Committee, except Elder David Ajah, were present all day at the State Party Secretariat, Enugu for the coordination of the exercise on 1st November, 2014, which did not take place.
They further expressed dismay “that Elder David Ajah to the chagrin of the members of the State Working Committee (SWC) and other members of our great Party, unilaterally addressed the press and made radio announcements to the effect that he purportedly led the State PDP Executives to what he called ‘successful Ward Congresses in 266 Wards of Enugu State’ (when infact there are only 260 Electoral Wards in the State), without any approval or deliberation on the matter by the State Working Committee of the Party”.
They accused Ajah of playing the script of an interested member of the Party in the State by unilaterally and unlawfully taken Party decisions, without adhering to the PDP Constitution, which empowers the State Working Committee to undertake the day-to-day administration of the Party in the State on behalf of the State Executive Committee (SEC).
They also revealed in the letter that “the PDP registers fundamentally needed for the Ward Congresses, were under the custody of our Ward Chairmen in all the 260 electoral Wards in the State throughout Saturday, the 1st day of November, 2014, as they waited in vain for the Congresses that never took place”.
The 12-man State Working Committee, therefore, requested the National Leadership of the Party to call Elder Ajah to order and also take appropriate action to ensure that proper Ward Congresses are conducted in Enugu State in accordance with the Party Constitution and Guidelines, in order not to encourage impunity, illegality and insubordination in the administration of the Party at any level.
All efforts to reach Ajah before press time proved abortive.