BY FESTUS AHON
UGHELLI – Delta State people, under the auspices of Delta Network for Qualitative Governance, DNQG, have advised the state Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, to resign, describing his recent comment against the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr. Ovuozorie Macaulay, over his purported position on zoning, as provocative and unexpected of a leader.
In a chat with newsmen, National Chairman of the group, Mr. Ovokeraye Akpomedaye, said that Nwaoboshi’s recent outburst over Macaulay’s position has exposed his (Nwaoboshi) inefficiency to preside over the 2015 gubernatorial primaries of the party in the state.
He said: “It is obvious that Nwaoboshi, as a party chairman, may not provide a level playing ground for all the aspirants and thereby, not give Deltans of PDP stock the opportunity to elect who should fly the party’s flag in the 2015 gubernatorial election.
“We have been following the politics of the state from 1998 till date with keen interest and there has never been a time the state governorship was zoned. The three senatorial districts have always contested the governorship.
“In 1999, people from Delta North and South contested the governorship with our former governor, Chief James Ibori. In 2003 they also contested with him. Coming to 2007, the three senatorial districts all contested for the position with our incumbent governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan. It is on record that Uduaghan ran neck to neck with Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa in the party primaries.
“In the 2011 rerun, the three senatorial districts also fielded candidates. Even in the 2011 main elections, people from Delta North also fielded candidates. Come to think of it, I think even Nwaoboshi’s local government did not give bloc vote to PDP let alone the entire Delta North. So, what zoning is he (Nwaoboshi) talking about?
“We call on Chief Nawaoshi to resign honourably as chairman of PDP in the state. The issue of who becomes governor in 2015 should be left for Deltans to decide. We need a credible person irrespective of his senatorial district to emerge governor in 2015, somebody with a good pedigree and who is detribalised.”