METUH, MUO-AROH, OTHERS BATTLE FOR PDP PUBLICITY SCRIBE
By CLIFFORD NDUJIHE
AHEAD of the National Convention of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), four founding members of the party in Anambra State are locked in a pitch battle for the post of national publicity secretary.
The foursome - Chief Chike Udenze, Chief Okey Muo-Aroh, Ezeobi Okpala and Olisah Metu are anchoring their aspirations on backing President Goodluck Jonathan's transformation agenda, if elected.
In separate chats, they premised the success of the programme on the full backing of the ruling party's hierarchy at all levels in the country, which they said would pave the way for other citizens and the opposition parties to buy into the package.
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The quartet admitted that the party needed reforms and that each one of them represent the face of the new PDP, hence must be chosen.
We need proactive party exco - Udenze
Udenze, a former state secretary of the party in Anambra State, said that with proper coordination and packaging the president's vision for the nation would become a bestseller.
Udenze, a foundation member of the PDP and former member of the House of Representatives for Njikoka/Dunukofia/Anaocha Constituency, said he was presenting himself for the task ahead because he had a lot to contribute from his wealth of political and managerial experience.
Udenze said the party needed men of character, vision and integrity to pilot its affairs in line with the transformation agenda of Mr President for the benefit of all citizens.
'We need a sound and effective party executive that will originate and support the ideas of the President and the Governors that the party has produced.'
PDP needs re-branding - Muo-Aroh
Chief Muo-Aroh,, who was the elected chairman of Idemili North Local Council (1998-2003) said the party had been, misrepresented, misquoted and misunderstood in the past and so there was need for a versatile and experienced hand like him to manage its public image.
He admitted that things could be better in the management of the nation's commonwealth and therefore would like to be in the team to lead PDP to the next level.
My track record speaks for me - Okpala
On his part, Ezeobi Okpala, also a 1998-2003 elected chairman of Onitsha South Local Council, said he left indelible records behind at the council for all to admire his political savvy.
Appealing to members to elect him to pilot the publicity machinery of the party at a time like this, he tendered the record of his stewardship at the council as a proof of his ability to deliver.
Okpala said that the peace and reconciliation committees of the party had endorsed him for the position.
I 'll repackage PDP - Metu
Olisa Metu, who had played prominent roles at the top echelon of the PDP in the last 12 years, said he had the experience and capacity to reposition the party, if elected.
The former National Vice Chairman (South-East) of the PDP said he wanted to use the publicity platform to reform and repackage the PDP.