Imo Guber: Road clears for Samdaddy as Ihedioha steps aside

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The road to the Governorship ticket of the Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP seems clearer for the National Secretary of the party, Senator Samuel Anyanwu Samdaddy, as a former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha has withdrawn from the Imo State Governorship race.

This was contained in a letter he forwarded to the National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Abuja and made available by his spokesperson, Mr. Chibuike Onyeukwu.

Ihedioha’s move is coming barely hours after the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Ayu.

In the letter, Ihedioha hinted that he was bowing to the call for a consensus candidate for the party in the forthcoming Election in the state.

Recalled that Ihedioha has been the party’s flagbearer twice and had both times failed to secure the seat for the party.

The National Secretary of the party, Senator Samuel Anyanwu Samdaddy, had recently stated that Ihedioha should step down for him in the event of consensus.

Both men have been locked in bitter battle over who takes to party to the election proper, a rivalry that has cost the party dearly in the state, affecting the party’s chances in the recent elections.

With Ihedioha’s declaration, it becomes clearer that Senator Samuel Anyanwu would most likely emerge as the consensus candidate of the party, to face the current governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma at the polls in November.

There are expectations that Ihedioha may have buried the hatchet with Anyanwu and back him at the election.

Party faithfuls who spoke to TheCity agree that Ihedioha had made the best move.

“We have given him the chance twice now and he failed to deliver,” a Chieftain of the party who didn’t want his name mentioned said. “Let’s try another person and hopefully this time our luck will change. I just hope that he works for the party with a clear conscience and not against us.”

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