LG Polls: PDP group urges Okowa to reject substitution of winners of primaries
By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
A political group under the aegis of Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ezebiri, Bomadi Local Government Council Area Of Delta State has urged Gov Ifeanyi Okowa to reject the call to substitute candidates who came victorious at the December 21, primaries.
The Party stakeholders at Ezebiri Led by Mr Emmanuel Korokoro, in Bomadi made the call in warri while speaking with journalists on Wednesday.
Mr Emmanuel said that, “the results from the primaries conducted across the state would foster internal democracy in the party.
” We urged the state governor Sen. Okowa to call some of the party leaders from Bomadi to refrain from imposing candidates who did not participate in the party’s primaries by submitting their names as candidates in the forthcoming local government elections.
“There were moves by some influential members of the party from the area to impose their favoured candidate vavorable to them who did not bother to participate in the party primaries.
“Okowa to call the party leaders allegedly interfering with the process to order and ensure that only the candidates who participated in the primaries would fly the party’s flag at the polls.
“We noted that such would strengthen party unity and victory in the general elections.
“We applaud the leadership of Gov. Okowa and appeal to his sense of sound judgement and ideals of our party to check the overbearing influence of leaders who want to foist their cronies in breach of party ideals of internal democracy.
“We have it in good authority that there are plans to substitute the name of the candidate who emerged from the primaries from Bomadi Ward 19.
“In the person of Mr Ramsey Nuware who beat his rival Mr Fezi College and others in the contest.
“We urge the party to uphold the results declared before party delegates at the primaries conducted by Madam Fere-Ere Gbe who served as returning officer.
“Doing so will be in the overall interest of the party and brighten its chances in the local government election.” he said..