Abraka PDP Progressive Movement (APPM) in Delta State yesterday urged the public to discard the information making the rounds that Ethiope East local Government Council Chairmanship and Councillorship election is by zoning.
The group described the claim, allegedly made by a PDP chieftain, as a cooked story to discourage the electorate and the aspirants.
The group had also said there is no way any party leader can impose an aspirant on the party when the governor has not spoken, saying that when the governor whom they know as a man of the people and the youth speaks, they will know he has spoken.
Speaking to newsmen in Abraka, the Chairman of the group, Julius Waoma and the Secretary, Comrade Lewis Atuyota, said the governor know that in the 2015 elections, there was nothing like zoning but a level playing ground.
The Chairman said: “We know His Excellency, Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa will not give room for zoning in Ethiope East, urging the governor to call for open primary to select the most popular candidate, saying that is the joy of democracy.
The group had also alleged that a top PDP leader had disclosed that the governor said the chairmanship position has been zoned to a particular ward, which happened be his ward.
The group noted that until that is corrected, a lot of things will go wrong and give room to other political parties, hence they are calling for a free contest.
Speaking further the group said: “We want to expressed our dissatisfaction and displeasure how some top leaders of the party using names of the governor that he has zoned the Chairmanship position to a particular ward, will be resisted until the governor come with a statement that he is aware or not aware not to destroy the party the governor has taken time to build.
“It will be unfair if the leadership of the party refuse to create a level playing ground for all aspirants instead of supporting a particular aspirant against the others, saying that from 1999 till present date, that there was never a time chairmanship position was zoned to a particular area.
“The election that brought Chief Tony Oboro of Agbon 2 as Chairman was also contested with Chief Alex Imara of Agbon1 and nobody argued that it was the turn of Agbon2, that nobody should contest it with him, that tells you that there was never a time zoning existed.
“We want to appeal to Governor Arthur lfeanyi Okowa to immediately intervene on the lingering issues and come with a blueprint before it will be too late, saying that they will resist any plan for any leader to impose an aspirant on the people of Ethiope East without following due process.”