An elder statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has advised politicians from the South-East zone to guard positions zoned to the area jealously in order to continue to win the trust of other zones.
Iwuanyanwu, a PDP Board of Trustees member, gave the advice in an interview with the newsmen in Owerri on Sunday, while explaining how the zone lost the national chairmanship of the party.
He said it was regrettable that the South-East lost the chairmanship position, which was zoned to it till March 2012, “due to carelessness and greed by some desperate politicians from the area.”
He, however, expressed satisfaction with the appointment of Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and described him as “one of the finest politicians we have produced.
“The SGF is an important position and Anyim is one of the best characters, excellent and humble politicians from the zone,” he said, and expressed confidence that he would acquit himself well in the office.
Iwuanyanwu further advised the people to eschew “the crab mentality” of continuously hatching dangerous plots of pulling down those who were excelling politically.
He explained that the former National Secretary of PDP, Malam Mohammed Bello, was appointed to the post of acting chairman after the exit of Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo “because of the desperation by some of our politicians.
“When Prince Vincent Ogbulafor was removed and replaced with Nwodo, naturally, we believed that the South-East would also produce his replacement.
“But rather than come together to produce one person, no fewer than 40 persons indicated interest and bombarded the national headquarters of the party,” he said.
Iwuanyanwu said that the development resulted to a “big struggle, acrimony and wrangling” and became a source of concern to the party hierarchy and the Presidency.
He decried the situation, pointing out that “our people usually employ aggression in a destructive sense when they are looking for power.”
He implored politicians from the zone to come together and appraise their position in national politics.