By Chinedu Adonu
ENUGU—HUNDREDS of indigenes of Oboffia Awkunanaw, in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State protested what they called plans by some political leaders to impose an unpopular candidate on the community ahead of the November 4, Council elections in the state.
The ward meeting of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, was forced to an abrupt end as tempers continued to rise.
Majority of the people, it was reported, favoured an outright primary election to select a councillorship candidate for the ward, but the party leadership was said to have made up its mind on a particular candidate.
Speaking to journalists, Engr. Onyebuchi Nnaji, expressed regrets that the party leadership refused to give room for a primary election; “they came to play a script and we refused.
“The story they told us is different from what we are seeing according to the guideline of the party; ‘that where there is a disagreement, there should be option A4’. So, we came here expecting to do the primary but instead they told us to start eating and drinking.
“The problem is that people are doing what they think they can do; they brought an unpopular candidate and want to force him on the people. There was no primary here and if nothing is done,this can affect our party in this area.
“Our people came out en masse to vote for the candidate of their choice but they were not given that opportunity and we cannot accept that candidate. It’s not about me. The entire Oboffia does not accept him and that is why they refused to conduct a primary here. So if they want this party to thrive, they should do the right thing”, Nnaji concluded.
PDP stakeholder from Oboffia, Kelvin Okeke said that it was when they arrived the venue of the meeting that they realized that people were handpicked for the meeting.
“It became clear that they had other plans, when they said people should start drinking. They said someone has been picked for the councillorship position.”
“In an attempt to put things right they started fighting and they tore some people’s clothes. The government should be able to come to our aid, to help us because we have had enough of this imposition. And the candidate is not a credible one that’s why the entire community is protesting; if you must impose, let it be an acceptable candidate, one who is worthy of our votes.