The battle over the soul of Ndokwa East Local Government Area polls slated for October 25, next month in Delta state has assumed a new twist.
While the Forum of elders, leaders and stakeholders are angry over how the outcome of primary election in the council area was adultrated, a group yesterday slammed a 14-day ultimatum on the state chapter of the Peoples Democrcatic Party (PDP) to reverse what its tagged “obnoxious substitution.”
The group, under the aegis of the Concerned Ndokwa East Leaders (CNEL), threatened to mobilize protest votes against the ruling party should it fail to implement the outcome of the primary election.
Led by Chief Charles Chukwumah, the group wondered why the winner of the election supervised by Chief B.I.C. Ijeoma and 62 other elders, one Hon. Saddrack Opiah, was shortchanged against the wish of the people.
In a protest letter made available to the Eagle online in Asaba, dated September 5, 2014, the group urged Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, the leader of the party in the state, to promptly investigate what transpired behind the screen “and immediately proffer lasting solution” before it assumed a dangerous dimension.
According to the group, the council area strictly followed the directive given by the Governor during the party’s stakeholders’ meeting he convevened on June 23, 2014 and the party’s guidelines during the election.
“But we were shocked thereafter that one of the seven aspirants, Nkechi Chukwurah, who did not show up for the primary election was given the flag of the party. The battle line has been drawn in Ndokwa East with the impostors.
Crisis will soon take the center stage unless the decision of the people is respected”, the letter read.