“I Resigned Due To Ill-Treatment,” Says Imo PDP Chairman

David Ugbabe

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman of the Imo State Chapter, Charles Ezekwem, has revealed that he resigned from the leadership position of the party due to ill-treatment meted against him by the party.

He describing the ill-treatment as a conspiracy to disgrace him out of office after the Supreme Court judgment that sacked Emeka Ihedioha and announced Hope Uzodinma as the duly elected governor of the state.

Ezekwem, whose tenure is expected to expire in August, confirmed this while speaking to journalists in Owerri on Tuesday.

He noted that some powerful people in the party wanted to remove him from office before his tenure expires, as they wanted another person to be in charge of the LGA congress in April.

"As a member of the NEC, I addressed my resignation letter to the national chairman of the PDP," he said.

According to him, he did not resign because of issues relating to his welfare as the party's helmsman but to save his political career.

He said, "I didn't resign because of my welfare as the party chairman. I resigned to save my political career."

He noted that "There was a conspiracy to disgrace me out of office two days to the Supreme Court judgment. They contacted somebody who will replace me but the plot leaked."

He lamented that he was treated like a stranger in a house he was supposed to be the head.

"The state secretary will fix a meeting in government and just send a text when I was supposed to be the one who should instruct him to fix a meeting," he said.

The former PDP Chair, also revealed he was totally left out of everything that went on in governance after struggling to install former governor, Emeka Ihedioha.

He said, "Gerald Irona, who was the deputy governor to Emeka Ihedioha, told my people that as long as they are following me, they will never get any appointment me, they will never get any appointment in government. After I worked very hard to install a governor in Imo State after many years of opposition I was treated like a stranger. There was nothing they were doing in the government I knew."

Recounting his achievements for the party, he stressed that Imo people know and saw what he did in the state, however, he was repaid with ill-treatment.

"I revived the party in Imo State and preached the message of the free-and-fair primary. Imo people know and saw what I did but I was left out of everything they were doing in government," he said.

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