July 29, 2014 – Another political crisis is brewing in Delta state over the chairmanship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ndokwa West Local Government Area.
Stakeholders in the local government area on Saturday rejected Mr. Ifeanyi Osakwe, allegedly anointed by a former governor of the state, Chief James Ibori. They also described him as a stranger.
The leaders who appealed to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and the State Chairman of the Party, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi to halt the imposition of a chairmanship candidate on the people of Ndokwa West, attributed their position on the poor performance of Osakwe in the senate, particularly his inability to attract dividend of democracy to the area and his failure to empower or create jobs for the people.
Speaking to newsmen in Kwale on behalf of the protesters, Barrister Nduka Benson, Mr. Nduka Omede among others, said the planned imposition of a candidate by Senator Osakwe was not acceptable, saying that all the aspirants should be given a level playing ground to test their popularity at the PDP primary elections.
According to them, the imposition of any candidate against the will of the people could lead to violence and unimaginable crisis, adding that imposition of candidates was a negation and violation of PDP’s stand on free, fair, credible and transparent primary elections.
They reiterated their unalloyed support for Governor Uduaghan and Chief Peter Nwaoboshi and appealed to them to use their good offices to prevail on Senator Osakwe to retrace his steps to avoid crisis in Ndokwa West Local Government Area.