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30 May 2017

Former Enugu Governor,Chimaroke Nnamani Returns To PDP After Six Years

Former Governor of Enugu state has returned to The Peoples Democratic
Party after six years.


Enugu State former governor,
Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani has
returned to the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) on
whose platform on which he
governed the state for two terms after six years.

Reports have it that he has
the plans to clinch party's
Enugu East senatorial ticket
for 2019 election following
alleged understanding
between him and Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. Part of the agreement with
Ugwuanyi, which took PDP
members by surprise, was
also to single-handedly pick
who would become the
chairmanship candidate for Nkanu West Local
Government Area. Nnamani, who represented
the Senatorial district
between 2007 and 2011,
abandoned PDP in 2011 to
form the People for
Democratic Change (PDC) following a disagreement
with then Governor Sullivan
Chime, his anointed
successor.

His return to the PDP came on the heels of Chime's defection from PDP
to the current ruling
party, the All Progressives
Congress (APC). Nnamani, it would be recalled, used his PDC platform
for his senatorial bids in 2011 and 2015, but lost on both occasions
to PDP's Gilbert Nnaji. Independent reliably
gathered on Monday that
Nnamani's return to PDP was
quiet and discreetly handled,
even as he had reportedly
registered with his ward in Ojiagu Agbani, Nkanu West
Local Government Area of
Enugu State. Uwa Nnamoko, PDP chairman
in Ojiagu ward confirmed to
Independent in a telephone
interview that indeed
Nnamani had registered with
the party "a few months ago."

He said: "Your information is correct. Nnamani has returned to PDP. He
has officially registered with us, we are happy he is back." Nnamani's
return to PDP had
rested speculations that he
would team up with the APC
for shelter from further
investigation and harassment
by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which had been
probing alleged financial misdeeds of his administration. At a point,
it was reported that he entered into a plea bargain with the EFCC, but
this could not be ascertained by press time. Governor Ugwuanyi, the
incumbent Enugu State
governor, last week,
celebrated Nnamani when he
visited Agbani, the
headquarters of Nkanu West LGA to launch his state's
Traders Empowerment
Programme. At that event, Ugwuanyi publicly declared that the people
of the area should be grateful that they have an illustrious son like
Nnamani. Meanwhile, Nnamani's return
to PDP has started causing
rumpus in the party in Enugu
East senatorial zone,
following rumours that
Ugwuanyi had conceded the ticket for the 2019 elections
to him as well as the
prerogative to produce the
chairmanship candidate for
Nkanu West LGA. According to Independent,
Nnamani hoodwinked
Ugwuanyi into making the
concessions to him on the
grounds that he made the
incumbent governor politically by giving him
opportunity to go to the
House of Representatives in
2003 from where he became
governor. Also, Ray Nnaji, a former National Auditor of PDP and former
Commissioner said, "It is obvious that Nnamani returned to PDP because
of his love for Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Aka Gburugburu)."

"I am aware that Nnamani returned silently to PDP. It is obvious he
did so because of his love for Gburugburu", Nnaji said.

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