PDP Chairman, Nwodo resigns, begged Jonathan to intervene... Odds favor Ozichukwu
The embattled National Chairman of the crisis ridden People's Democratic Party (PDP), Okwesileze Nwodo, has resigned. The National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting was in progress as at the time of this report. Nwodo is obviously absent. Deputy National Chairman, Halliru Bello is presiding.
Pointblanknews.com sources hinted Nwodo was asked to get out by President Goodluck Jonathan after meeting with the gladiators in the south east PDP crisis in Abuja last night. It was learnt that all efforts by Nwodo to make Jonathan ensure he remained chairman failed. Said a source” last night Nwodo, and his men were running from pillar to post, begging the President to prevail on the south east caucus, but he refused to interfere. He told Nwodo to respect the position of his kinsmen.”
According to sources, President Jonathan informed the embattled PDP chieftain that since the same people who supported his candidacy for the chairmanship are the same who wanted him out, the best thing was for him to respect their wishes.
According to our source, the Deputy National chairman, Olisah Metu, would have been the obvious choice to step in, but his record is slimier than that of Nwodo.
However, former aspirant, Nze Chukwu Ozichukwu appears to be the favorite. He ran against Nwodo, but was dumped by the south east governors and caucus, who viewed him as a candidate of Ex President, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo.
Pointblanknews.com sources said “the south east is regretting its support for Nwodo. You recall he had the $100 million National identity Card scandal hovering over his head. But they rejected Ozichukwu a more credible aspirant because they thought he was an Obasanjo man”
Few days ago the south east caucus led by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, passed a vote of no confidence on Nwodo, asking him to resign or be shoved.
Nwodo, who has been fingered in the crises rocking mostly Enugu and Anambra, had boasted that no one would be able to force him out describing the Ekeremadu flank as 'busy bodies'.
Spokesperson to the embattled PDP chieftain, Ike Abonyi who confirmed the resignation of his boss told pointblanknews.com that the decision was to enable the party fix the crisis rocking it.