The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has frowned at Emeka Ihedioha, former Imo State Governor, for his absence in the party’s Imo State Governorship Campaign flag off despite an earlier peace parley.
Ihedioha, who has been the party’s flag bearer on three different occasions, was expected to grace Wednesday’s event which had party faithful from across the South East and beyond in attendance.
A high ranking member of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC), who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Vanguard that it was disheartening that Ihedioha would act that way.
He stated that a commitment was made by all major stakeholders in the party that they would support the gubernatorial bid of Senator Samuel Anyanwu.
The source said, “It was disheartening that a party leader of his (Ihedioha’s calibre will act the way he did.
“We met with all major stakeholders of our party and extracted a commitment from all of them to support our candidate, Senator Samuel Anyanwu.
“It goes beyond Anyanwu as a person, we all know the South East is a strong hold of our great party, we begged everyone to put aside what ever personal issues they may have and support our party and candidate, this is the only way we can start our long awaited revival.
“We held a series of meeting the latest being the one we held in Enugu on Monday. We pleaded with everyone to look at the bigger picture and ensure the party regains its pride of place but sadly Ihedioha without even an apology stayed away from the event giving our opponents a talking point.”