Colonel Austin Akobundu (rtd.) has won the National Vice Chairman, South East of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Colonel Austin Akobundu (rtd.) emerged as the consensus candidate in the just concluded South East Congress of the PDP.
During his campaign, he said his vision is to effect a complete takeover of the five South Eastern states by the party given its predominance and acceptability by the people in the region.
Colonel Akobundu, who laid out this vision ealier at the party secretariat in Abuja, while submitting his resignation letter as an ex-officio member in the National Executive Committee, regretted the "avoidable loss" of Anambra and Imo states to APGA in recent times, while pledging to work for their "return to the PDP family".
Accompanied by party chieftains from the zone, Colonel Akobundu told reporters that he was inspired to seek the position of National Vice Chairman by the enormous challenges facing the zone as well as his own track record in credible and loyal service to the party.
He said it had become imperative to reposition PDP in the South East as a platform that can respond to the people's legitimate aspirations for democratic participation and spearhead the transformation agenda of the Goodluck Jonathan administration, observing that although PDP is the party to beat in the zone with three governors out of five, 13 of the zone's 15 senators and 33 House of Representatives seats out of 43, the party has its work cut out.