Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ika South chapter has elected her chairmanship candidate ahead of the Local government election. The election of the candidate was made through a consensus by the party leaders held at the party secretariat recently. It had a renowned legal Luminary, from Ward 11 in Abavo Kingdom, Barr. Victor Okoh, as the Party Chairmanship candidate with 43 votes out of the total number of 72 votes cast by the leaders, LGA executive and stakeholders from the various wards and local government at large.
The voting was held in an open secret ballot which many have described as unprecedented. Prior to the commencement of the voting, the LGA Chairman of the party, Hon. Collins Bello, urged the participants to vote for credibility and not for personal interest to enable the party uphold fairness during and after the election, particularly to justify her promise against the imposition of candidates.
Reacting to the outcome of the election, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie posited that democracy was the order of the day as the party chairmanship voting was straight forward and devoid of rancor.
He explained that Barr. Okoh having won by the number of votes cast, it is now left for him to reach out to other aspirants for them to work together. He was optimistic that the candidate whom according to him possesses good qualities will complement the effort of the outgoing chairman of the local government council, Hon. Fred Ofume whom he also said has performed credibly well.
Also speaking, the member representing Ika South Constituency at the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Festus Okoh, described the election as peaceful, credible, free and fair, judging from the fact that both the aspirants and the members of the party were all happy after the election. This according to him has gone a long way to show that the people decided whom they want at the local government council seat as chairman.
On his part, Hon. John Nwagimeje, member, Delta State Advisory and Peace and Building Council, pointed out that the outcome of the election was a testament of the high level of discipline that has been upheld by the party.
He said, “The democratic conduct of the election has taught the youths what should prevail in the future.”
Another leader of the party, Deacon Innocent Ayuba Apokwueze who was overwhelmed with joy, explained that their joy knows no bound to see democracy back in action for the party.
According to him “This is how things should be as there is no need for one with selfish interest to impose a candidate on the masses. However, I am happy for all the aspirants as the election was a situation of no victor no vanquished.”
Speaking further, Dcn. Apokwueze used the opportunity to appreciate Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for giving the party a fair ground to conduct the PDP chairmanship election.
Hon. Collins Bello while appreciating the peaceful conduct of the party chairmanship election noted that the party has returned power to the people by allowing them to vote the candidate of their choice. This he said was in line with the governor Okowa’s directive.
However, all the respondents advised the PDP chairmanship candidate elect, Barr. Victor Okoh not to see himself as superior to others, amidst their call for all aspirants to put their difference behind and project the party for victory at the polls.