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Members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Imo State engaged in a free for all on Saturday at the party secretariat in Owerri.
The fracas started when a faction of the party led by Chief Nnamdi Anyaehie disrupted a meeting of the Caretaker Committee led by Vitalis Okafor.
Okafor, whose Caretaker Committee was inaugurated on January 29, 2016 to pilot the affairs of the party for three months, had hardly settled down for business with his members when the Nnamdi Anyaehie-led faction stormed the secretariat and attempted to chased everybody away.
Member of the clashing factions were later dispersed by armed policemen manning the secretariat after which Anyaehie and his supporters drove away in a long convoy.
After the fight, during which many people sustained injuries, the police cordoned off the premises.
Okafor told journalists later that Anyaehie was responsible for the avoidable confusion within the party, accusing him of scheming to perpetuate himself in office.
He said the meeting was convened to brief members of the party on the latest development in the legal battle between his committee and the Anyaehie faction.
Okafor said Anyaehie’s tenure had since expired as pronounced by the Party’s National Executive Council, which subsequently installed his caretaker committee to preside over the affairs of the party for three months.
He said, “The people of the state and the PDP have rejected them because they have failed; yet, they do not want to read the writing on the wall.”
Okafor, however, advised members of the party to remain calm and law abiding and to go to their various LGAs and spread the news that the Anyaehie-led executive had been rejected.
“It is regrettable that somebody, who parades himself as a party Chairman could engage thugs to disrupt a meeting authorised by the National Publicity Secretary of our party, Chief Oliseh Metu.’’
Anyaehie could not be reached for comments as he has failed to pick his calls or return calls.