Lagos - Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, faces criticism from his own People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to uphold democracy.
PDP aspirants in Delta State this past weekend advised Uduaghan to desist from foisting any opportunists on the ruling party.
Rising from a meeting in Asaba, the aspirants said they forbade any imposition, stating that PDP members in the state must be allowed their rights of choice.
“Ward congress did not hold throughout the state on Saturday. The governor called a meeting of all aspirants and announced his proposal to distribute delegate positions among them,” spokesperson of the group, Dr Tuoyo Unokesan, said.
“We do not agree to the governor’s proposal. The process of producing candidates for the party in 2015 general elections must be transparent. Governor Uduaghan must follow the rules” the aspirants said. Alleging that Governor Uduaghan wants majority of the delegates to be his loyalists, the aspirants said.
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“Delegates must be elected from all the wards in the state to affirm the party’s candidates,” the ruling party said in a statement.
“The governor is already in control of the super delegates (elected officials) in the state. His proposal is to distribute four slots each to governorship aspirants, thereby ensuring that majority of the delegates are his loyalists and would support his anointed candidates.”
Describing the proposal is a scam, the aspirants urged President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, to intervene in the matter.
They also urged the President to advise Uduaghan and the Delta State PDP Chairman, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, to conduct congresses at ward levels.
“Many of us have the political kudos, influence and patronage to win elections in the state,” the aspirants said.
PDP has been beset by factionalism in the Delta State.
– CAJ News