In Imo, no less than 7,331 Social Democratic Party (SDP) officials have resigned and left the party.
Mr. Ogbonna Alozie, a former SDP secretary in Imo, made the announcement to reporters on Sunday, immediately after a meeting of the party’s State Working Committee (SWC) in Owerri.
This comes just two days after Prince Marshal Okaforanyanwu, the state party chairman, announced his own resignation, according to EBANTAL
A total of 6,710 ward officials, 24 state officials, and 594 local officials all resigned from their posts in the party.
Alozie claimed the decision was made by the officials as a show of support with Okaforanyanwu, who had been “marginalised and unfairly treated by the party’s national leadership despite his sacrifices to keep the party afloat in the state.”
Mr. Emmanuel Nwanegbo, the party’s Orlu zone chairman, alleged that the national leadership of the party placed a candidate on the members of the party for the governorship race in Imo on November 11. This is in direct violation of the party’s existing laws, which provide for an open contest.
He claimed that the officials were adamantly opposed to the imposition, calling it a scheme to make them expendable in the face of the hard work they had put into building the party.
Prince Amadi, the party’s zonal secretary in Owerri, added that the officials did not feel supported by the national leadership of the party in the run-up to the 2023 elections.
We’ve been taken for a ride long enough, from unacceptable imposition to a deaf ear to our concerns by the national leadership. We will not be bullied. “Imo has to be freed,” he proclaimed.
Dickson Ejiofor, Okechukwu Nneji, and Gerald Uba, the chairman of the party in the Nkwerre, Aboh Mbaise, and Ohaji-Egbema council areas, respectively, announced that they have left the party with at least 3,000 registered members in each LGA.