PDP PRIMARIES: HASSAN CONGRATULATES WINNERS, LAMBASTS DELEGATES
* Says, Indirect Primaries, a Means of Enriching a Few Cronies, Maintaining Godfatherism
On Sunday, May 22, 2022, the ruling political party in Delta State, the People’s Democratic Party PDP conducted its primaries for the State House of Assembly and the National Assembly. While Chief Yomi Odunselu Hassan the Ekwueme of Akumazi congratulated the winners at the primaries, he expressed his disappointment with the delegates. Chief Hassan who spoke to our correspondent at his office in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, noted that it is unfortunate that the so-called delegates did not realise that they are supposed to represent the minds of the people.
Speaking further, the tradomedical practitioner cum businessman stated that indirect primaries are ways for the so-called leaders to enrich those who are close to them with a view to maintaining their place as godfathers as he pointed out that with this system of selecting party candidates’ good governance will always elude the masses.
In his words, “If the delegates sell their birthright for peanuts, it will affect them and the masses will continue to suffer for it.”
Continuing, he said, “I remember before Buhari took over both he and Tinubu protested and condemned former President Jonathan’s administration and did a lot of things to frustrate Jonathan’s government. Unfortunately, Jonathan never did up to one-tenth of the mess and damage Buhari has done to the country.
“Buhari and Tinubu should apologise to Jonathan,” he said.
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In another development, Chief Hassan noted that with the current state of the nation, Nigerians should not vote for political parties but for individuals who they know can perform and bring the dividend of democracy to their doorsteps, adding that they should not mind the political parties that fielded them.
He stressed the need for those engaged in rituals to desist, noting that as a spiritualist, he knows that anyone who engages in such must get the repercussion for it. He maintained that if one knows that what he or she is doing will not end well, why then should such a one engages in such.
By Nicholas Ebegboni