By Emma Amaize
WARRI—TENSION heightened in Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State, weekend, following a bungled attempt to wrestle the chairmanship seat from Chief Peter Nwaoboshi.
Chief Nwaoboshi, who is the party state chairman, has been engaged in a supremacy battle for many months running with the Delta Elders, Leaders and Stakeholders Forum, led by the former Minister of Information, Chief Edwin Clark, over the legality of his executive.
Last Saturday, when Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan formally declared his second term ambition at Sapele, news came from the opposition that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had finally dissolved the Nwaoboshi-led executive.
“The plan was to set confusion in Delta PDP and put the Uduaghan camp in disarray, but, the plan failed,” a PDP leader told Vanguard in Warri.
A text message sent to Vanguard on the purported dissolution reads: INEC verdict – There is no legal PDP EXCO in Delta state as there was no congress. Delta PDP EXCO dissolved, new date for fresh congresses to be announced, National Secretary”.
An anonymous caller told Vanguard, “I heard the news of the dissolution on the AIT news”.
Contacted on the matter, chairman of the Delta PDP, Chief Nwaoboshi said the state executive was intact and had not been dissolved by anybody.
He said there was no basis for its dissolution and asked the reporter where he got the news from.
Chairman of the Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan Campaign Organization, Prof G.G. Darah told Vanguard yesterday, “I am not aware of any information that the Delta State PDP executive has been dissolved, nobody has told me that. But that is not my business here; my business is that we are marketing an aspirant who is the most credible person for the Office of Governor of the state in 2011”.
Speaking on the power play between the two groups before the party started issuing nomination forms, last week, Governor Uduaghan said the issue of which is the recognized leadership of the party in the state would be known when aspirants start to collect the forms.
He said there was only one PDP state secretariat in Asaba and those who go there to collect nomination forms would not turn round to say that they do not recognize the leadership that gave them nomination forms, but, in a counter move, the Clark group directed all those loyal to its camp not to collect office from PDP office in Asaba.