September 25, 2022

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Don’t impose gov candidate, Delta groups urge PDP

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Iyocha Ayu, and the National Working Committee, NWC, have been called upon to stop the ongoing sinister moves by undemocratic political cabal from imposing former governorship aspirant, David Edevbie, on the party and people of Delta State.

The call was made by the leadership of Coalition for Media Politics and Governance on Thursday in a statement signed by the group’s Chairman, Fred Oghenesivbe Esq, Deputy Chairman Delta North, Emmanuel Momah, and Deputy Chairman Delta South, Toju Ekengbuda in Asaba.

The statement read in part, “The call became necessary so as to save the party from foreseeable disaster in the forthcoming governorship election in the state should the undemocratic cabal succeed in using their powerful allies in high places to manipulate their way to impose an unpopular Edevbie on the party.

“The results of the governorship primary wherein Oborevwori scored 590 votes and Edevbie scored 113 votes, clearly revealed that Sheriff Francis Oborevwori is far ahead of Edevbie in terms of popularity and leadership bond with the people across board.

“The governorship primary was witnessed and keenly supervised by all stakeholders including the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

“The sinister move to cause disunity and disaffection within the party is based on Edevbie’s erroneous belief that he alone ought to be the next governor of Delta State.

“We, therefore, urge our amiable national chairman, Senator Ayu, our party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and other leaders to invoke the disciplinary measures against with a view to averting the foreseeable danger of failure at the governorship election in 2023.”

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Also, a group, Delta Youth Project, reiterated their support for Oborevwori to be reinstated as the candidate for the 2023 poll.

Speaking to our correspondent in Asaba after the One Thousand Youth Solidarity March for Oborevwori, Mr. Anthony Elekeokwuri, Mr Shedrack Rapu, and Emeka Nwaobi maintained that there was no alternative for Oborevwori for the poll.

They further urged youths to get their Permanent Voter Cards to vote for a credible candidate in 2023.

Reacting to the development, the Director of Operation of David Edevbie Campaign Organization, Mr Julius Akpovoka, chided the party for taking side over a court judgement.

He said he was optimistic that the Supreme Court would not dismiss the judgement of the High Court because the matter was very clear. “It is a case of age and discrepancies in certificates.”