Okowa Assures Of Transparent PDP Primaries.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Delta State chapter, promised on Saturday at a carnival-like mega event at The Cenotaph in Asaba that the party’s gubernatorial candidate will be chosen in a free, fair, and transparent primary election.
While declaring the rally open, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa urged the over 15 aspirants to keep their supporters under control as the political space opens, stating, “We are one, your following should not begin to fight.”
While greeting APC defectors, Okowa praised the state PDP Chairman, Chief Kingsley Esiso, for his efforts in expanding the party’s political tentacles, stating, “This rally has made a statement that the PDP is prepared and united to win the 2023 election. Hence, we must continue to work with love as one family, unlike the other party, where they fight with bitterness and acrimony.”
He also declared that his administration will continue to create additional infrastructure, adding that “we are not going to slow down until May 2023,” when he leaves office.
Former governor of the state, Chief James Ibori, had earlier in his speech urged for an open atmosphere for all political aspirants to pursue their goals without interference.
He praised Okowa for establishing a level playing ground for all candidates, stating that his stewardship of the state will extend beyond next year.
Ibori reaffirmed his loyalty to the state, the PDP, and the country, while praising Okowa’s developmental achievements, which he claims have drawn defectors out of the woods.
Former state APC chairman, Cyril Ogodo; former Delta North Senatorial District chairman, Ben Onwuka; publicity secretary, Sylvester Imonina; Patrick Okonkwo; member of the APC Elders and Leaders Council, Victor Sorokwu, among others, they witnessed defections at the event, which featured all governorship aspirants as well as those aspiring for other positions in the coming elections.
In his speech, one of the defectors, Ogodo, noted that the same hands that established the APC in the state were now working hard to destroy the same party.
While greeting the decampees, Esiso estimated that their actions had eliminated all opposition in the state.
He accused the APC of being anti-people, accusing the party of bringing poverty, instability, and other vices into the political system.
“APC campaign with change, but the change we saw is negative in all ramifications,” he said, adding that the failures of the ruling party at the centre have resulted in large number of its members joining the PDP.”
“As you can see, today is harvest day for us as a party, and we are celebrating the exit of the opposition.”
On his part, Imonina said: “I was the greatest critic of the Okowa-led government, but on a second thought, I have to join the party to support the governor for a great and united Delta.”
Following the migration of former APC faithful who joined him to pitch tent with the state’s ruling party, he termed his withdrawal from the party as an eclipse of the party. “There is nothing left for APC.” In reality, APC has devolved into a cadaver, and nothing would be able to resurrect it in the state.”
Kingsley Otuaro, Deputy Governor; Chief Ndudi Elumelu, Minority Leader, House of Representatives; Senator James Manager, and Senator Stella Omu, former Senate Chief Whip, were among those who spoke during the gathering.