- Some chieftains of PDP in Imo state on Wednesday, August 15, fought over former vice president Atiku Abubakar's visit to the state
- Atiku was in the state over his 2019 presidential ambition
- But the former minister of aviation, Kema Chikwe, and others engaged a PDP BoT member, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, in shouting match after his closed-door meeting Atiku
Some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) including former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, the former minister of aviation, Kema Chikwe, member of House of Representatives, Jones Onyereri, on Wednesday, August 15, clashed at the glass house office of PDP Board of Trustee (BoT) member, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, over the visit of former vice president Atiku Abubakar.
The Nation reports that the aggrieved PDP chiefs engaged Iwuanyanwu in a shouting match after he requested to have a closed door meeting with the visiting former vice president who was on a courtesy call in his office before meeting with PDP stakeholders in the state.
NAIJ.com gathered that Kema was particularly furious over Iwuanyanwu’s demand, describing it as embarrassing and selfish.
According to her, Atiku was in the state to consult with PDP members and should not be hijacked by anybody.
Shortly after the fracas which lasted for over 30 minutes, Ihedioha, Kema, Onyereri and their supporters stormed out of the meeting. All efforts to placate them by Atiku were abortive.
Meanwhile, Atiku told journalists that the desire to move Nigeria forward has sustained his desire to be the president of Nigeria.
The ex-vice president who came in the company of the director general of his campaign organization and former governor of Ogun state, Gbenga Daniel and other members of his campaign team, said that he had the solution to the litany of challenges confronting the country .
According to him, “patriotism is the key thing; it is the thing propelling my presidential ambition. I want to move Nigeria forward; patriotism is needed to move Nigeria forward.”
He said he was in the state to consult the leadership of PDP in the state ahead of the party’s presidential primary.
Responding, Iwuanyanywu said that he would not retire from politics until Atiku became president.
The elder statesman stated that the country was in dire need of a leader like Atiku to develop the country.
Iwuanyanywu said: “I will not retire from politics until Atiku Abubakar becomes president. Atiku is the kind of president Nigeria needs. There is poverty in the land because of bad governance supporting Atiku is the best thing to do.
“Igbo has been marginalized in this government and sadly some Igbo people are still supporting Buhari.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Nigeria's former president Goodluck Jonathan and former vice president Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday, June 20, expressed optimism that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would return to power in 2019.
It was gathered that the duo spoke with journalists when Jonathan hosted Atiku at his home in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state noted that the party is getting stronger.
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