Fresh trouble from alleged imposition of candidates ahead of the 2019 elections has unsettled the Delta State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as aggrieved members are threatening to dump the party.
It was exclusively gathered that across the 25 local government councils of the state, especially in Burutu, Bomadi, Ughelli, Ndokwa West and East, Oshimili South, North, and others, aggrieved PDP members are alleging that the party lacks internal democracy, particularly during the recently-concluded primaries where imposition of candidates purportedly reigned supreme.
An aggrieved party member, who spoke to journalists at the Government House on condition of anonymity, said, “we are visibly angry with the so-called party leaders, these leaders are not sincere with us, they impose candidates on us. We are moving out of the party very soon and we will disorganize the party’s strategies to return PDP to power come 2019 elections.
“Candidates that will be representing us were not our choices apart from one Charles Emetulu who was never imposed on us because of his track record. He won the primaries convincingly. We are tired of Monkey dey work, Baboon dey chop, the party leadership has not changed at all.”
However, party faithful across the 25 local government areas on Wednesday met behind closed door inside the unity hall in the old Government House with a view to placating the aggrieved members.
Journalists were barred from attending the meeting graced by the state governor, Dr lfeanyi Okowa, party leaders across the 25 local government areas including other top party stakeholders, many of whom have been worried over threats by the aggrieved members to dump the PDP.
Outside the unity Hall venue of the party’s stakeholders” meeting, were cream of the aggrieved party members who in their faces have no trace of smile, rather querried why the meeting was slated for a closed door without they as the aggrieved members of the party in attendance .
But the party Spokeman Dr lfeanyi Michael who spoke to Journalists in reaction to the allegations, dispelled it as untrue adding” we are of one Family members and we all work together to ensure victory for the party all the way, the stakeholders meeting will resolve all the aggrieved members to work for the party,we are very organized in our party PDP, the governor,Dr lfeanyi Okowa is a true leader and will carry everyone along, the was no imposition during our primaries,it all went well and winners emerged”
Insiders said Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had taken steps to resolve what ever crisis currently bedeviling the party, especially with the aggrieved members” threat to dump the party,a threat he is said to have considered as big blows if their threats are allowed to be carried out
Delta North,Delta south and Central, the three senatorial districts in the state are allegedly divided Over the lingering imposition crisis and Delta North and South have seemingly agreed to return Governor Ifeanyi Okowa no matter the alleged brewing crisis while Delta Central allegedly threatened to work for the victory of Great Ogboru of the APC if urgent steps were not taken to placate the angry members of the party.
But Barrister Kingsley Essiso, the state party chairman in reaction to Journalists questions dismissed the fear of the unknown, saying that no cause for alarm.
He said”we are resolving all the crisis,as a matter of fact no crisis in Delta PDP,We are of one Family members and any aggrieved members will be happy after the meeting,”