Delta Council Election: Okowa’s Father Accused of Imposition of Councillorship Candidate
Dayo Lazarus, Asaba
Father of Delta State Governor, Chief Arthur Okowa, has been accused of stoking the fire of political acrimony in Aniocha South Local Government Area, for his alleged imposition of a Peoples Democratic Party councillorship candidate, in Ward 10.
Party sources told Mainstreamreports that the electoral college of the PDP had in line with the party guidelines, unanimously endorsed a popular candidate, Mr. Peter Sorokwu as the party’s flag bearer.
“A party source said, “But to our greatest surprise, the governor’s father ordered the State PDP Chairman, Kingsley Esiso and PDP Chairman Delta North Senatorial district, Mr Mose Iduh to replace Mr Peter Sorokwu’s name with his relative in the ward, one Paul Ezeenweiwe, who hails from an Ika community.
“Sorokwu had undergone different screenings, and emerged party candidate, and been certified by the ward and LGA Chairmen of the party as the councillorship candidate for the election.
“The LGA leaders have gone to see the PDP Chairman in the state, Esiso, he directed us to go and see Okowa’s father and appeal to him, which we did twice but the governor’s father refused to bulge. They want to scatter the party.”
But the State PDP Chairman, Barr Esiso and the Delta North Chairman, Mr Moses Iduh denied the allegation, saying it was impossible for someone to impose a candidate in another local government.
Esiso said, “I’m not from that local government, so I don’t know what you are talking about, we have 500 wards in the state, is not possible for me to know the names of councillorship candidates that emerged at the ward level.”