Delta PDP members threaten defection over alleged imposition of candidates

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

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

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,"

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