CHIEF Frank Igwebuike is the Delta State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM and the State Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory. Igwebuike who was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is a founding chieftain of the PDM. In 2010, he was the Special Assistant to the PDP National Chairman on National Assembly Matters. He was also a youth leader in the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN in the Second Republic
Between 2005 and 2006, he was PDP chairman in Ika North East Local Government Area, Delta State. In this interview, Igwebuike spoke on the forthcoming general elections.
By Festus Ahon
How prepared is your party for the March 28th and April 11th Election?
My party, the PDM is serious and prepared for the 2015 elections, as we were able to present marketable candidates for various positions in the State. However no political party worth its salt will tell the public the strategy or level of preparedness for attaining practical power.
Does your party have the strength to unseat the PDP in the Delta Government House?
Yes PDM has a governorship candidate. The power to unseat anybody lies with the electorate in Delta State.
But not much is heard of your party here in Delta; so how do you intend to deliver your candidates?
PDM as a political party was legally registered in August, 2013. Here in Delta State, during the last Local Government Election conducted by the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, DESIEC in November 2014, we were able to present candidates in the three senatorial districts.
For the 2015 Elections we have candidates for various positions in the three senatorial districts of the State. PDM in Delta State is not a political party wrapped up in a portfolio. After PDP, we have the most beautiful party office In Asaba central business district, for doing political business. As I mentioned earlier, we have marketable candidates.
What is your take on the postponement of the general election to March 28 and April 11?
By and large if the major reason for the postponement of the general election is because of security reasons, I as a politician in the opposition is not competent to comment on that but if many Nigerians are yet to get their PVC’s it will be grossly unfair to disenfranchise them. We are prepared to abide by the postponement of the elections.
What is your assessment of INEC’s readiness to conduct the election?
I am of the opinion that going by what is on ground now INEC will be ready to conduct election on March 28 and April 11, 2015.
Do you have confidence that Prof Attahiru Jega will conduct a credible election?
Prof Attahiru Jega is just one man. In elections it takes all stakeholders to hold a free, fair and acceptable election. The security, INEC, political parties and especially the electorates determine the result of any election.
Don’t you think Prof Attahiru Jega is biased looking at how the PVC’s are being distributed?
Prof Attahiru Jega’s line of thought in this election is not important. It is the electorate that drives the will of this political process.
When the people speak; I mean all stakeholders like security agencies, political parties and the electorates, what happens? The election was postponed to accommodate these inadequacies.
Only recently, Obasanjo tore his PDP membership card in the full glare of the cameras. What is your reaction to his actions, considering his status as a former president?
That action of Chief Obasanjo was not very neat; the PDP membership card not being his personal property, wound have been surrendered to his ward chairman. However, Baba Obasanjo at nearly 80, his actions and inactions should be forgiven.
As a Nigerian, will you say that President Goodluck Jonathan has done well in the last six years?
President Goodluck Jonathan has done his best as a person.
What is your advice to Nigerians as we approach the 2015 election?
We as Nigerians should go to the 2015 elections with a mindset that we are performing our civic responsibilities. Winning or losing election should not be at the altar of bloodbath.
I do not like this Hate – Hate and War – War approach to politics and power of today. I personally prefer to play politics as it is being practiced in Westminster Abbey.