By Emma Amaize
WARRI— THE Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, Chief Boro Opudu, yesterday, said the replace-ment of the party’s candidate, Mr. Weyimi Omadeli, with Mr. George Ekpemupolo in last Saturday’s local government election in the state, was to avoid a looming ethnic crisis in Warri.
Chief Opudu, who spoke to Vanguard in Warri, said: “I am the chairman of the party in Warri South-West. The insults being thrown at Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan is uncalled for and grossly unnecessary.
“The fact and events that led to the replacement of Omadeli with Ekemupolo was done in the best interest, not only of the party, but the entire local government.
“This is to avoid ethnic crisis that was imminent as a result of some political imbalances that were not taken into cognizance at the time of the primaries conducted by our great party.
“However, if there is any grievance resulting from this decision of our great party, the Itsekiri and Ijaw leaders will meet again to take a decision as it concerns that earlier decision. We will not allow external body or bodies to truncate the existing peace in the local government area.
“The Ijaw and Itsekiri must continue to live in peace. It is on this note that I appeal for calm and urge everyone to stand by the decision of the party.
“As a party, we do have issues, especially in this period of elections. But all such issues were resolved in the best interest of the party and the local government area. It is on this note that I must say that any claim by any person or group of persons as to conflict in the party is non- existent.
“We shall not allow any external influence from any-where to cause a breach of the peace in the local government area, be it legal or political.
“It must also be noted that the governor of the state is the leader of PDP in the state and the three Warri Local Government areas and he had taken certain decisions as it affects Warri South-West Local Government.
“We believe that the decision is in the best interest of the local government.”