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2011: Aspirant warns against cajoling of delegates

By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN CITY — A Niger Delta youth leader and House of Assembly aspirant for Warri South West constituency of Delta State, Mr. Paul Bebenimibo, yesterday, urged the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State to ensure that aspirants do not cajole delegates into voting  based on ethnicity.

He warned that such scenario would be dangerous for the party because it would make the primaries a charade since people would no longer vote according to their conscience.

Bebenimibo, who spoke to Vanguard in Benin City, said  “in this forthcoming primaries of the PDP and even the general elections, credibility matters alot, your antecedents and not money is what people should look out for.”

Our people are better informed now though, but some aspirants are trying to destroy the electoral process on because of ethnicity.

“I have always said it that we are all one but in leadership we must elect credible persons and not self seeking individuals which is the problem we are having today in Nigeria . We have noticed already that some aspirants are trying to coerce delegates to vote based on ethnicity in the forthcoming primaries of the PDP in Delta state. I want to advise that they should desist from that or it will spell doom for the party” he warned.

Bebenimibo added that “elections must not be seen as a do or die thing.  Delegates must not be intimidated because if they are intimidated we will resist and when we resist, then you are inviting anarchy in the system.

So we are appealing to all aspirants and party leaders to adhere to the rules so that we will have peaceful transmission in Delta state”.

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