The Enugu State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is set to be in engulf in new crisis owing to the impulsive resignation of the state chairman of the party, Engr Vita Abba, which follows an immediate appointment of a new state chairman happens to be the managing director of Enugu State Housing Development Cooperation, Ikeje Asogwa.
In a statement released issued after the end of the Emergency Meeting of the State Executive Council of the party, a meeting which was chaired by Governor Sullivan Chime and also signed by Okey Eze , the state publicity secretary, saying the party has accepted the chairman’s resignation.
It was also learnt according to the statement, the acceptance of Engr. Abba’s resignation due to the fact that his letter was said to have stated that it was done to allow him contest for the primary election for the 2015 general election.
However, in a response to the latest development, the Enugu PDP deputy chairman Elder David Aja, said that the purported election, which brought in Ikeje Asogwa as the new chairman of the party as illegal, null and void and according to him it did not comply with the PDP constitution.
Elder Aja, insisted that he remained the authentic acting chairman of the party in line with section 47 (1) of the PDP constitution, as he said he is the one duly empowered to convene the SEC meeting in the event of the resignation of the chairman and not the secretary.
According to Aja said: “I told them that under section 45 (1) of the party’s constitution, if the national chairman resigns, the deputy chairman takes over, even if it is for one day and he should be the one to convene the National Executive Committee (NEC) where a new national chairman will be elected, but they turned down my submission.
“I was sitting beside Governor Chime and I told him that what they were doing was wrong because I am the right person to convene the meeting but he said that under section 47(1), that the SEC can meet and chose another person from the same zone to replace the chairman.