How We Secured Delta For PDP, By Edwin Uzo

And Why Party Lost At The Centre
BY CHARLES EMENI / RUTH OKWUMBU
DESPITE the abysmal performance of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded general elections, culminating in its losing grip at the centre and in some states that were hitherto strongholds, the Delta State Chairman of the party, Chief Edwin Uzor yesterday opened up on why the party performed poorly in the elections and why it was difficult for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and any party for that matter to make any inroad in Delta State.
Chief Uzor, who spoke to The Pointer in an exclusive interview said, the PDP lost at the centre because of the impunity displayed by some highly placed party members which led to many of its members defecting to other parties.
He said, it was bad that internal democracy that was one of the beauties of PDP was downplayed adding that, the mere fact that somebody is your friend or in-law does not make him or her a better candidate or the choice of the greater majority.
In addition to this, he said, another issue was that of trust. “So many people trusted by the PDP failed the party. Some of such persons hold meetings with us in the day, and in the night you discover that they are out holding meetings with the opposition party. This was a major challenge that made the PDP to perform abysmally at the polls. It lost grip at the centre and in some of the states that belonged to the party before the elections”.
But, he was quick to add that the situation in Delta State was different, hence the PDP, performed very well in the state.
He attributed the victory of the PDP in the state during the elections to the vision of the party leaders and the entrenchment of internal democracy and fairness to all in choosing its candidates.
“You could see that with the December 8 PDP primaries, Deltans spoke and the popular candidate in the person of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa emerged as the state PDP governorship candidate. What the party did was simple. Let the candidates come out and test their popularity and acceptance by the people, there was no impunity or imposition, and at the end of the day, the people’s governorship choice emerged. That was why we secured the state for the party”, he added.
He said many states that belonged to the PDP before the elections but lost to the opposition party were victims of impunity, imposition and lack of internal democracy.
He paid glowing tribute to the State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and other PDP leaders in the state who saw the vision and allowed a level playing ground for all contestants of the party to participate in the elections.