Ex-Enugu gov, Nnamani, may have returned to PDP

Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu

There were indications on Monday that a former governor of Enugu State, Chimaraoke Nnamani, might have returned to the Peoples Democratic Party.

Nnamani governed Enugu from 1999 to 2007, and also represented Enugu East senatorial district at the National Assembly between 2007 and 2011, on the platform of the PDP.

But differences with his chosen successor, Sullivan Chime, forced him to leave the PDP in 2011.

He thereafter joined the People for Democratic Change, a party he formed.

Nnamani used the PDC platform for his senatorial bid in 2011 and 2015, but on both occasions, he lost to a PDP candidate, Gilbert Nnaji.

Nnamani’s return to the PDP coincided with the time his ‘political foe,’ Chime, left the party for the All Progressives Congress.

There were speculations that Nnamani would follow the example of some prominent Enugu politicians by moving to the APC.

A former governor of the old Anambra State, Jim Nwobodo, Chime, and a former Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Eugene Odoh, are among former PDP stalwarts in the state who have joined the APC in recent times.

However, it was gathered on Monday that Nnamani had again registered as a PDP member at his ward in Ojiagu Agbani, in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The PDP chairman in the ward, Mr. Uwa Nnamoko, confirmed Nnamani’s return to the party.

However, Nnamani’s former spokesman, Mr. Dan Nwomeh, denied reports of the former governor’s return to his old party.

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