Ex-Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha Resigns From PDP

By Tony Adibe

A former governor of Imo State, and former Deputy Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives Chief Emeka Ihedioha, has resigned his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In his resignation letter addressed to the PDP chairman in Mbutu Ward in Aboh-Mbaise Local Government Area of the state, Ihedioha cited a misalignment between his personal beliefs and the current trajectory of the main opposition party. The former governor however expressed his dedication to the advancement of democracy and good governance in the country despite his decision to step away from the PDP.

According to Ihedioha, having been a member of the party since its inception in 1998, he has contributed immensely to the growth and evolution of the party. The former governor, however, lamented recent developments within the PDP, stating that it has deviated from its core principles. He voiced concerns over the party’s inability to enact internal reforms, uphold its regulations, and effectively oppose the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

“Regrettably, in recent times, the party has taken on a path that is at variance with my personal beliefs. Despite my attempt to offer counsel, the party is, sadly, no longer able to carry out internal reforms, enforce its own rules or offer credible opposition to the ruling All Progressives Congress.’

“It is in the light of the foregoing, that I am compelled to offer my resignation from the People’s Democratic Party effective immediately. While the decision was difficult to take, I, however, believe that it is the right one. Despite this resignation, I will always be available to offer my services towards the deepening of democracy and good governance in Nigeria”, the letter added.

Although the resignation letter of the Mbaise-born astute politician did not contain his next political party, there are strong indications that he may end up in the Labour Party (LP), which was made popular by Mr Peter Obi in the last election cycle. The party is also enjoying tremendous goodwill in the Southeast as a result of the good work Mr Alex Otti, the governor of Abia State is doing under the umbrella of LP.

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