Paul Osuyi, Asaba
The Delta State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has hailed the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for successfully conducting the party’s governorship primary for the July 14 election in Ekiti State, as the chairman of the primary election committee.
In a statement by the publicity secretary of the PDP in Delta State, Ifeanyi Michael Osuoza described the conduct of the Ekiti PDP governorship primary as credible, free and fair, adding that the appeal committee headed by the national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus will have less job to do with the outcome of the primary.
This is coming just as the chairman of the Governing Council, Delta State School of Health Technology, Ofuoma-Ughelli, Pharm. Nelson Ejakpovi said the peaceful and transparent conduct of the primary rekindled the hope of Nigerians that with PDP, there is future for Nigeria.
While congratulating the winner of the primary, Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka, Osuoza urged PDP members in Ekiti to remain vigilant and give no chance to external forces, who might be used to attempt to disrupt the peace of the state.
Osuoza also lauded other aspirants for running issue-based and rancour-free campaign, and further thanked Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State for tremendous support and conducive atmosphere provided for the election, which he said, made the job easier for Okowa.
“We want to use this medium to extend our profound gratitude to all the members of the National Working Committee (NWC) and commend all stakeholders, particularly the aspirants, for not only displaying the spirit of sportsmanship in their commitment toward a peaceful, free and credible process, but indeed for keeping to their resolve to work together to ensure the victory of the party at the main election, irrespective of the outcome of the primary election.
“We note with great satisfaction that the processes leading to the primary election was very transparent which largely ensured that there were no complaints from the major aspirants and their supporters before, during and after the primaries.
“Indeed we witnessed the highest level of transparency and committed effort to ensure an all-inclusive playing ground for all aspirants in all the processes leading to the governorship primary and for this we say kudos to our dear Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
“We also hope that with the successful conduct of our primaries in Ekiti State, we have not only taught the APC a valuable lesson in democratic conduct but proved to the whole world that the PDP has arrived and is now poised to take over in 2019.
“We in Delta PDP are completely happy and satisfied with the excellent work our Governor and leader of our party, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has done as Chairman of the Ekiti State PDP Governorship Primaries and we therefore wish to also invite the rest of Nigeria and the world to come and witness the PDP primaries in our dear Delta State when the time comes. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has further raised the bar in election conduct in Nigeria. He has done it again in Ekiti State,” Osuoza stated.