From: Paul Osuyi, Asaba
One of the aspirants for the national chairmanship position of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, on Wednesday, stormed Asaba, the Delta State capital, soliciting support of party delegates to the December national convention.
Chief George told Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, during a courtesy call, that there was the need to ensure a free, fair and transparent electoral process so as not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
His campaign organisation had on Tuesday accused the national chairman of the party’s caretaker committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi of allegedly conferring undue advantage on one of his opponents from the South-South region.
Receiving the chairmanship hopeful, Governor Okowa expressed confidence that officers of the party would emerge through free, fair and transparent process.
Governor Okowa said that the party needed to ensure that its national convention was conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner so as to stabilise and move the party forward.
“We are a very organised political party, we believe that the process of choosing our officers at the national convention will be free, fair and transparent, everyone has to ensure that it is a fair process to move the party forward,” he said.
He described the array of credible and reputable persons vying for different positions as a sign of democracy and a wake-up call to all party members, stressing that it gives credence to the fact that the PDP is the leading party in the country.
The governor commended Chief George for taking time out to go round the country to campaign, stating that this would awaken PDP members and help stabilise the party.