The meeting called by the elders of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to have a consensus candidate has failed to achieve the desire result. According to a source from the meeting which was attended by eleven of his twelve aspirants to the office of chairmanship of Ukwuani local government council and some leaders of the party at the LGA, the party could not agree on how to present a common candidate among the lots.
The meeting which was chaired by the leader of Delta North PDP, leader, Sir Obodokwu Abigala, and was held at his country home at Owa Abbi has the agenda of asking some of the aspirants to step down, for a more credible candidate. The source pointed out that the party leaders came to the meeting with their personal interest and not the interest of the people.
Ndokwa reporters was also informed by a reliable insider that before the meeting, some of the aspirants where already thinking of having a meeting to see how they can come to comprise with each other before the party leadership hijacked the meeting. The meeting which was fixed for 10 am could not start till about 12:30 pm and went into recess around 4pm.
Further investigation by Ndokwa reporters revealed that the aspirants where asked few questions, and where asked to go. The leaders made up of Sir Anigala, Hon Mercy Almona Itse, (Dr) Alphonsus Ojo, Deacon Monday Ossai, Hon Ochor C. Ochor, Chief Gabriel C. Oyibode went into discussion and decided to recall the aspirants for another meeting, fixed for 6 pm.
However, the 6pm meeting could not hold as virtually all the aspirants did not turn up. Also, the leaders, apart from Delta North PDP chairman and the former house of representative member turned up. According to a member of the party, that meeting was dead on arrival.
Meanwhile, politicians in Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta State had expressed their dismay against the Ijaw Leader and Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief E.K Clark. The anger against the elder stateman is as a result of rumour going round, especially within the ruling party that he is influencing and forcing the emergence of a particular candidate on the party.
Ndokwa Reporters investigation revealed that the harmonization meeting called recently by the PDP leadership in the LGA failed because of external influence and selfish disposition of the some of the leaders.
However, the most annoying scenario in the political development is the fact that a non Ukwuani citizens is dictating what happens in the local government party structure, especially in choosing the person who will be occupying the very sensitive position of the Executive Chairman.
Most of the party members who want to remain anonymous said that such action by the state and national leadership had caused the party the votes in the LGA. That even in the last re-run election the party lost because of this type of unwholesome behavior of the party members.
One of those interviewed queried if this is how the 2015 Agenda of the Ndokwa People will be actualized. When people with their education and success in other areas of life cannot be able to decide what they want. He accused the leadership of not being truthful and he hope, according to him that the party will not lose Ukwuani LGA to the opposition, because the people of Ukwuani are very good at protest votes.
Further investigation by our correspondent also showed that while the not too stronger candidates are willing to negotiate for a consensus candidate, others who have some strong indications of clinching the ticket to represent the party want to go to the primary. These very ones are continuing with their consultation and strategizing, and they abhor the imposition of candidates on the party.
But one thing the investigation revealed is the usual slogan of the party, that “Party is supreme”. This is the intimidation stick they are using to coerce the candidates to succumb to the wish of the very few by external influences.
As some of the aspirants told Ndokwa Reporters, it is better the faith of the party ticket bearer is decided in a free and fair primary, than to carry out a Kangaroo form of selection of candidate. And even at that Chief E.K Clark should not be a factor to who bears the ticket of the party in the LGA, because according them, the Ukwuani LGA and her people want to move from where they are now. To them enough is enough of the external interference. E.K. Clark and his group should leave Ukwuani alone. They concluded.