Immediate past Governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying the party is dead. He said he was not leaving the party over alleged diversion of N450 million campaign funds for which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is investigating him.
Chime said the PDP is no longer on ground in Enugu maintaining that no serious politician would remain in the party with its factionalised leadership at the national level even as he denied joining the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
“The PDP, we used to be members of is dead. The party I joined in 1999 and had the opportunity of leading in the state for eight years is no longer in existence.
“We have two groups claiming to be in charge of the party as chairman. These two, none of them can actually lay claim to the chairmanship of the party.
“There is no provision in PDP’s Constitution for interim caretaker committee led by Sen. Ahmed Maikarfi.
“The PDP convention has no power to set up a caretaker committee and did not seek to amend the party’s constitution,” said.
“It is surprising or maybe INEC has not deregistered the PDP because the organisation is no longer working in tandem with the constitution that created it.
“The PDP as originally formed has been cremated and no serious-minded politician will remain in it. If those still remaining feel strongly about coming together they can come back, secure deregistration of the party and then form another party.”
Chime said he had not joined another political party.
“I will not join a party without making it public. I cannot join through the back door,” he said.