as aspirants kick in Ethiope East, Udu
By Daniel Gumm, Emma Amaize and Festus Ahon
UGHELLI—THE Delta state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Local Government primary election held across the State, weekend, were peaceful in Warri North, Bomadi, Ughelli North, Uvwie, Ughelli South and Ethiope East councils.
Mr Francis Eyituoyo-Maku, emerged the PDP candidate in Warri North for the October 25, council polls in the state at the primaries conducted by the party officials at the Akwarajor Primary School in Koko, administrative headquarters of Warri North council.
Chief Karetimi Oluwole, won the PDP ticket for the chairmanship election in Bomadi council. Oluwole, who was the only visible aspirant at the party’s primaries among the 14 aspirants earlier declared to vie for the position was named winner as the chairmanship flag-bearer in the forthcoming council polls in Bomadi.
The exercise began with the accreditation and screening of delegates from the various wards of council in an orderly manner. The returning officer of the primaries in Bomadi, Mr. Arthur Okpowowo, declared Oluwole winner after a motion moved for his adoption having emerged the only aspirant for the primaries.
The election, which was held amidst tight security was peaceful in Ughelli, Otu-Jeremi, Effurun and Isiokolo. Mr Kenneth Ibru, Mr Henry Baro, Mr Paul Etaiga and Mrs Faith Majemite were returned as the party’s chairmanship flagbearers in Ughelli North, Uvwie, Ughelli South and Ethiope East councils respectively. Mr. Ebikeme Clark, son of Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark, emerged PDP chairmanship candidate in Burutu Local Government Area.
Meanwhile, four aspirants in Ethiope East council, yesterday, insisted that there was no election in the area, calling on Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to prevail on the state PDP leadership to conduct a free and fair election in the area.
The aspirants, Chief Augustine Eruotor, Mr Dafe Omovosa, Mr Joshua Atigogo and Mr Lucky Orishe in a statement said; “this unwholesome gangsterism of our so called leaders, if allowed will again throw the Ethiope East into opposition; a position we are struggling to come out of.”
Contacted, Chief Faith Majemite, said “everybody cannot support you in an election; what matters is the position of the majority. All the leaders in Ethiope East; Chief Bernard Edewor, Chief Mike Adiotomre, Chief Judith Enamuotor, Chief Tony Onoharigho, Mrs Philipa Atagana, Chief Tony Oboroh and a host others including the traditional rulers are in support of my candidature. And I can assure the people that my government will be people-oriented; government for the people and by the people.”
In Udu, Mr Henry Sakpra, a chairmanship aspirant said, “the election was not held,” adding, “there were no materials and officials.”
Meanwhile Ijaw People Development Initiative, IPDI and Ijaw Political Initiative for Good Governance, IPIGG, have hailed the emergence of Ebikeme Clark, as Burutu chairmanship candidate. The groups said Ebikeme’s victory at the weekend primaries was well deserved and a welcome development in Burutu politics.