BY Austin Ogwuda
Chairman of the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, yesterday, faulted the proposed arrangement by Anioma Congress to screen all the governorship aspirants of Anioma extraction at the palace of the Asagba of Asaba, Obi Joseph Edozien, next week, describing the move as uncalled for.
Speaking to Vanguard in Asaba, Nwaoboshi said: “I have just read a copy of your newspaper this morning (yesterday) on this matter. Firstly, I don’t know the Anioma Congress as a political party. The candidate we are going to produce is going to be a candidate chosen by the whole people of PDP in Delta State and he must be one who will be chosen by the whole of Delta State, not by Anioma Congress. So, I don’t know who they are choosing the candidate for.
“As far as I am concerned, it does not concern the PDP, of which I am the Chairman. When the time comes, PDP Delta State will sit down together and choose its candidate. If the candidate that will emerge is going to come from Anioma, it is the people of PDP Delta State that will choose that candidate and not a group of persons from Anioma. So, those who are going there probably have their reasons for doing so, but all I know is that when the national headquarters calls for primaries, we will go to the primaries and choose a candidate that will represent our party.”
Reacting, Secretary of Anioma Congress, Mr. Dan Okenyi, said: “We are not a political party and we are not in partisan politics. We, however, as community leaders have a moral obligation to ensure that our sons and daughters do not kill themselves because of lust for power. Where more than 20 persons are vying for seat from the same family, there is need for an internal mechanism to trim the number, so as not to lose out.”