Fracas as Umahi emerges PDP vice chairman
Written by Morenike Adebayo on May 16, 2016
Some delegates to the South-East zonal congress of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) exchanged blows in Enugu yesterday following an altercation between Ebonyi Governor Dave Umahi and his Senior Special Assistant on Internal Security, Ali Odefa.
Though the congress ended peacefully, it was marred by fisticuffs over the attempt by Odefa to contest for national vice chairman South east zone of the party.
A petition by Umahi was read to the delegates after Odefa picked the nomination form. The governor alleged Odefa had not resigned from his appointment before standing for the election.
In the place of the SSA, Umahi picked his immediate younger brother Augustine Umahi for the post, thus disqualifying Odefa.
When an enraged Odefa moved to the podium to clear himself, the attempt led to exchange of blows.
But the manhandled Odefa insisted he resigned as SSA as far back as April 15.
He was later escorted out of Okpara Square venue of the congress in the presence of national leaders and governors of the party.
Governor Umahi’s younger brother, Augustine was eventually returned unopposed as the national vice-chairman South east.
Other elected officers include Casmiir Ugwu as zonal secretary; Victor Asams organising secretary; Mary Omile, women leader; Emeka Okeke treasurer and Chidiebere Egwu youth leader.