Contrary to general opinion that the Senator representing Owerri zone at the Senate of the National Assembly, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu popularly known as “Samdaddy” is declaring to run for the Imo guber 2019 as a unifying personality for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo state, sources around the former Imo House of Assembly member has disclosed to gregnwadikeblog.com that his alleged aspiration is to get even with the Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha who is alleged to be plotting against the senator’s second term ambition to the senate.
Ihedioha who was the party’s governorship candidate at the 2015 general elections, and who equally played front-line roles among others in the enthronement of the present PDP national executive is being rumoured to have seen to the foreclosure of the Imo PDP candidacy for himself for the 2019 race in the state.
Although the Barr. Charles Ezekwem-led PDP exco in the state had variously denied this, political watchers view the rising influence of Chief Ihedioha at the party’s national affairs as enough weight to “snatch” the Imo PDP guber ticket from above, as well as concede tickets to aspirants of his choice.
When therefore, speculations gained weight that Chief Emeka Ihedioha is presently supporting and encouraging Honourable Ezenwa Onyewuchi to vie for the office of the senate for Owerri zone; an office presently being occupied by Sen. Samdaddy, the senator, we gathered resolved immediately to fight back and defend his seat.
Our source revealed that Samdaddy did not just set out to run for the Imo governor irrespective of facts that it is his constitutional right.
“As a matter of fact, the senator has not even formally declared for the Imo governorship race even though supports have been growing. Before now, his eyes had been on a return to the senate for a second term, and he has been going about it in a gentleman’s way”, the source disclosed.
Our correspondent gathered that Ihedioha’s alleged support for Onyewuchi is being viewed from Samdaddy’s camp as a tacit move to sack their Senator from Office. It has therefore become a case of If-I-must-not-be-senator-you-must-not-be-governor against Emeka Ihedioha.
It is also gathered that most members of the Imo PDP, especially those of them from the Ali-Modu Sheriff background are more at home and comfortable with the choice of Senator Samdaddy, and are seriously prodding him to stand out for the race.
“Samdaddy is the most acceptable of them all if truly Owerri zone through the PDP wants to produce the next Imo governor. He is amiable and most likely to emerge if he truly shows interest. But if they continue to promote the one currently parading himself as the candidate of the PDP in Imo state then they are finished”, said a member of the PDP from the Sheriff’s camp who would not wish his name mentioned.
But Samdaddy is taunted to be declaring for governor as a get-back at Ihedioha, not as a serious aspirant. It is feared by his pushers that he might reconsider his steps the very moment Hon. Ihedioha retracts his push for Hon. Onyewuchi as Senator for Owerri zone.
Ihedioha might just have to settle for supporting the amiable senator a return ticket to the senate or risk his ambition of emerging the guber candidate of the Imo PDP in 2019 for supporting Hon. Ezenwa Onyewuchi.
How this scheming and counter scheming will pan out at the end is remains subject of imaginations.