By Emma Arubi
WARRI — THE nullification of the election that brought former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to power by the Appeal Court, Benin, has been described as an indictment on the party.
A university Don, Prof. Gabriel Yomere, who stated this, noted that the re-run election ordered by the court should afford the PDP the opportunity to prove its popularity and re-claim its mandate.
Prof. Yomere, who said the judgment was not an indictment on the former Governor, noted that the PDP must rise to the occasion and redeem its battered image by humiliating the opposition and their parties through a formidable enlightenment campaign, targeted at ensuring that the people turn out en-masse to register and vote in a one man one vote partern.
Speaking, yesterday, at a gathering of PDP members in all the wards in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, Prof. Yomere said Uduaghan needed to complete his mandate to show his popularity and acceptability in the state.
Chairman of the PDP in Warri South council, Mr. Amah Agbajor, told members that the gathering was to strategise on how to ensure that the opposition did not get up to 300 votes in Warri South as it would amount to showing that they are on ground when the opposite is the case.
He said while “the PDP has formidable structure on ground, is campaigning and still strategising to win, the opposition are still busy running to their godfathers to perform magic for them,” noting that after their defeat, they would start shouting rigging, when they are actually not on ground.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joseph Otumara, advised all members to go and convince their neighbours to see reasons why they must vote and get Uduaghan back in the saddle, saying that is the only way to continue to ensure that free maternal health care, payment of WAEC fees, free under five treatment for children and the micro-credit scheme that has continued to benefit the masses are retained.
Others who spoke in similar vein at the PDP gathering include Chief Emmanuel Okumagba, Chief Isreal Abido, Chief Joseph Popo and the member representing Warri constituency 1 in the state House of Assembly, Mrs. Omawumi Udoh and a woman leader, Mrs Rita Esquire.