2015 Igbo Platform:Exclusive Account of Catholic Bishops’ Meeting With PPA In Umuahia

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By Danlami Nmodu

As the battle for the 2015 presidency gathers momentum, stakeholders from different zones  of the country have continued to hold strategy sessions.One zone where fevered activities have been going on behind the scenes, according to Newsdiaryonline.com sources is the South East.There is a renewed push for a genuinely Igbo platform  f in the calculations toward 2015

Newsdiaryonline.com has learnt from impeccable sources that Igbo priests who are known to be key stakehoplders in the zone are not leaving the issue of their political future to chance anymore. Some of them have been meeting  and strategizing too.One of such meetings took place in Umuahia, Abia state last Sunday ,it was reliably.

A source privy  to the meeting by the clerics  in Umuahia said  after the opening of the Catholic Bishops  Conference, some  select  bishops from  states like Abia, Imo, and Ebonyi among others met .One key issue was how to rally round a platform that will advance the interest of the zone in Nigeria.

It  was further learnt that the Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA is one platform being considered  as a rallying point now.It was therefore no surprise that the bishops met with top shots of PPA in attendance  in Umuahia last Sunday an insider said.The select bishops at the meeting reportedly said they were prepared to work with  PPA all things being equal.

Newsdiaronline.com sources insisted the Umuahia meeting by the cleric  with PPA  chieftains  was an avenue for them to tell the party chiefs that some of them and some traditional rulers from the zone had earlier  met with ex Governor Orji Uzor Kalu .  Earlier report said   Kalu was  being urged to return to politics immediately by some stakeholders in the south east .

Aside from clerics and traditional rulers , it was also said reported that some youth  and professionals , businessmen and politicians  from the south east have also being meeting with Kalu in Lagos and Abuja insisting he should drop his latter-day non-challant attitude towards politics .

Igbo businessmen in Lagos met with the ex governor in Lagos last Thursday.That was a confirmation of  an  earlier report. It was learnt that the youngmen and businessmen who met him in Lagos last week   insisted he should come back to politics.

Newsdiaryonline.com learnt however that the former governor  told the group in Lagos that he doesn’t want  to play politics. Kalu volunteered to help ‘arrange them’ and show those of them who may be interested the way forward  politically.Not all the youth there were happy and some vowed they would find a way of forcing the  ex governor   back to politics it was learnt.

Though Kalu has refused to commit himself yet, there are those who say he will be one of the key contenders from the zone for the presidency ; or at least how politics shapes up   in 2015 and beyond .One of those who hold this view said Kalu’s  friends across the country are still actively in politics.And the latest feelers  from the political circles  indicate some realignment of forces nationwide may be in the offing, a move that may bring old friends together once again.

There are clear indications that even the PPA which the ex governor founded is regrouping and restructuring  for the task ahead. Already ,a  new national executive has been constituted.The new PPA exco is made up of  National Chairman ,Chief Sam Nkire , Deputy /Nat Chairman (North)    Alh. Kazaure Ahmed, Deputy /Nat Chairman (South)    Barr. Kehinde Edun,National Secretary   Com Peter Ojonugwa Ameh , National Treasurer ,Elder Emenike Nwachuku ,National Organising Sec   Abiodun Noah, National Publicity Sec. Richmond Chukwurah and National  Woman Leader    Na’am Uwadinobi .Others Are National Financial Sec    Mrs Akpa Elizabeth,National Legal Adviser     Barr John Otanwa ,National Auditor    Sam Okonedo, National Youth Leader      John Okorosa  and Deputy National Sec  Segun Olabintan.

The renewed activity in the party  is what  stakeholders from the zone say they will continue to watch with keen interest to see how far the PPA can go in offering the South East a platform for future alliance talks or any  other sort of political marriage  with other parties.



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