Uduaghan Thumbs Up PDP LG Congress

DELTA State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, yesterday, expressed satisfaction with the display of cooperation among members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) during the statewide local government congresses, particularly in Warri North Council area where he participated as a delegate.

Dr Uduaghan, who said the exercise was smooth and peaceful, also stressed that the reconciliation move taken by the party had resulted in the peaceful conduct of the congresses.

He emphasized that the resolve of the party (PDP) to build internal democracy was to remove every stumbling block on the party’s path to progress, particularly at the grassroots.

According to him, the conduct of the congress was peaceful and orderly across the state, going by reports he had received, adding that he expects the same orderly conduct at the state and national levels in the follow up exercise

The governor, who was among the delegates accredited in Koko, stated that the Option A4 adopted for the exercise was commendable.

The exercise which took place at Iwere College, Koko, was monitored by the INEC Electoral Officer in the area, Mr Friday Ekhaguere.

It started when accredited delegates from the 10 wards in the local government area were briefed by the Returning Officer, Barrister Arthur Akpovwovwo, who is also the Youth Chairman of the PDP in the state, on how the exercise would be conducted, stressing that they should queue behind the  candidate of their choice.

A stalwart of the party and Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Barrister Misan Kubeyinye, commended Governor Uduaghan for putting structures in place for the growth of the party, particularly at the grassroot.

Meanwhile, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Delta State chapter yesterday recorded a free, fair and peaceful conduct of its local government congress in the 25 council areas in the state.

In Aniocha North, the exercise which witnessed a large turnout of party faithful, ended peacefully with the emergence of a new executive.

At Aniocha South Local Government secretariat, Ogwashi-Uku, party members were peacefully waiting for the exercise to commence when The POINTER visited at 10.04 am.

Similarly, the exercise in Oshimili South, Oshimili North and Ika North- East council areas went on smoothly and without hitch.

The congress was peaceful in Oshimili South local government area where Mr. Chibuzor Uwajeh emerged the winner, alongside other elected executives.

In attendance were political leaders in the area including Senator Francis Nwajei, Hon Peter Onwusanya, Ogbueshi Chukwurah, Ogbueshi Akaeze Ibonye, Mr Nwanze Oduah and Ogbueshi Ifeanyi Iyoh.

Hon Onwusanya, member representing Oshimili South Constituency in Delta State House of Assembly, described the congress as peaceful and well attended.

At Agbor, the congress was held under tight security.

The Returning Officer, Mr. Arthur Umene, from Ethiope West, who declared one Hon Isaac Ulebor winner, described the election as peaceful and successful.

Another faction in the area also held a separate congress and declared one Chris Ogala as winner

In Bomadi Local Government Area, the exercise recorded remarkable success as it ended without hitch. The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barrister Newworld  Safugha, attributed the success to party leaders resolve to adhere to Governor Uduaghan’s appeal for reconciliation, and unity of purpose, adding that the governor’s appeal had yielded the desired result.

At the open field of the Local Government Secretariat, Otu-Jeremi, Ughelli South Council area, the exercise which began in earnest at about 2.30pm, was peaceful and smooth.

There was heavy presence of security men and the Returning Officer, Mrs Alatam Flora, commended the people for their peaceful conduct.

The Deputy Governor of Delta State, a delegate who later spoke, described the congress as peaceful and expected of the PDP was the people’s party.

He urged the people to keep faith with the party. Chief Francis Aguonigho was later returned as Chairman of the party in Ughelli South Council, with Isaiah Kekeje, as Secretary of the 18-member executive committee.

From Sapele, Sapele Council area of the state, came conflicting reports of holding of the congress.

While some members alleged that no congress held, others said the event held, and the leadership of the party in the area was returned.

Efforts to reach the leader of the party in the area, Commissioner for Housing, Chief Paulinus Akpeki, for comment on the situation were unsuccessful.