The aim of finding solutions to the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party suffered a set back on Friday as members of the South-East caucus of the party boycotted the inauguration of the National Integration Committee of the party in Abuja.
The committee, which was inaugurated by the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, was saddled with the responsibility of reconciling estranged members of the party across the country.
Among the three South East PDP Governors absent were: Martins Elechi (Ebonyi), Theodore Orji (Abia) and Sullivan Chime (Enugu).
Also absent was former Senate President, Ken Nnamani who was named as the chairman of the North-East Zonal Integration Committee of the party.
Speaking with journalists at the party’s headquarters in Abuja, where the inauguration took place, a former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Prince Chibudom Nwuche, said that there has been a wide spread of maginalization of the South-East in the scheme of things.
The inauguration of the National Integration Committee, he said, was meant to reconcile aggrieved PDP members in the country but expressed concern that some states were being marginalised.
He called on the ruling party to have a rethink.
Our correspondent gathered that the governors and other members of the party were aggrieved because they were not listed when the party advertised the committee members.
However, a day after the list was published, the National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Chief Olisa Metuh issued a statement in which he appealed to the governors, saying the action was not meant to ridicule them.
Metuh, who is from the zone had said, “The national leadership of PDP wishes to apologize to the leaders and critical stakeholders of the party in the South-East geo-political zone for the unintended omissions in the published list of the PDP Zonal Integration Committee.