The President of Asaba Development Union (ADU), Prof. Epiphany Azinge, alongside top Asaba chiefs on Friday protested the alleged imposition of a candidate in Oshimili South ahead of the 2021 local government elections in Delta State.
It was gathered that one Chinedu Okoh, of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), was allegedly imposed for the position of chairmanship candidate in the March 6th 2021 local government elections.
Although Prof. Azinge is yet to speak to press on the development, it was reliably learnt that the protesters were demanding that it is the turn of Asaba, to produce the next Chairman of the council as the protesters along Nnebisi road with their placards with the inscription: “We don’t want imposition, Okowa stop imposition now or there will be no elections in Asaba.
“We hate imposition and it’s the turn of Asaba person to be council Chairman and not Oko man again. We will not accept any imposition at all in Oshimili South Local Government Council.”
Recall that the Delta State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) had on Thursday declared that there was no anointed candidate for the forthcoming local government elections in the state.
In a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Dr Ifeanyi Osuoza, which was made available to our correspondent in Asaba, debunked claims that 16 serving chairmen of various councils had been given the waiver to contest the Local Government Elections coming up in March 2021
Part of the statement read” There is no truth in the allegation of claims of any form of wavier given to any serving chairman interested in second term, No automatic tickets for serving chairman.”
Sources said that inspite of the party’s decision and denial of imposition or giving out automatic tickets, trouble is currently brewing across the 25 local government areas over the alleged imposition said to have been ochestrated by the state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa ahead of the 2023 general elections when he will be finishing strong as well as going back to the Senate or as vice presidential candidate under PDP.
In the last few days, reports said that PDP Delta State Chapter had been enmished in litany of troubles, especially in alleged imposition of candidates by chieftains of the party among others, a situation and process likely to destroy the party if steps are not taken to percify many of its aggrieved members
In a swift reaction, the state chairman of the party, Barr Kingsley Essiso denied all forms of imposition in the party, saying “those shouting themselves down for frivolous complaints and allegations are causing troubles.
” We at the Delta State Chapter of PDP are one family and there is nothing like imposition at all and the protest by Asaba people was not nothing but a distraction in the state.”