A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State has urged the state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa to be wary of fraudsters aspiring for local government councilorships and chairmanship positions in forthcoming elections.
Messer Goodluck Emitiri told newsmen in Asaba that the state governor should take cognisance of that not to give the ticket of the party to fraudsters against aspirants that will not bring disgrace to the party.
Emitiri said he has in the recent time be disturbed by the trend of things across the 25 local government areas over the manners of persons aspiring for local government councilorships and chairmanships positions with alleged traits of fraudsters.
He said: “A trend that if not curbed now will cast a negative image on the state, mostly now that you have successfully made Delta state PDP a focal point with people of impeccable characters and integrity; hence am coming up with this letter to crave your indulgence so as to act fast to nip it in the bud.
“I am not saying this only on the basis of my being a party loyalist but also for my love for our great party, mostly when one considers your sterling leadership quality which has brought much unending respect to the entire state as a peace loving governor who hates all forms of double standard.
“Who knows if given the mantle of leadership as council chairmen, they may not misuse the privileges of the mandate given to them by the people to undo their victims, by using the government offices to perpetrate their unwholesome act, giving the state and the party a bad name it has never had for the past 20 years of democracy.
“The recent arrest of Hushpuppi on alleged internet scammer has put Nigeria on the spotlight, buttressing the single fact that Nigeria as a country parades lazy youths that considers no any other genuine means of living but on how to swindle whoever comes their way their hard earned savings.
“Delta state has talented and hardworking gentlemen that have excelled in their various fields of discipline, hence today, Deltans and Nigerians can confidently celebrate the likes of Jim Ovia, Tony Elumelu, Richard Mofe Damijo and Jay Jay Okocha to mention but few as great personalities and not on account of questionable characters.
“It should be noted that a political party that gives internet bouger its ticket either through back or front doors against persons of impeccable character should not expect anything short of disappointments, total disrespects for party leadership because he or she does not know the sacrifices the party had made in getting to where it is but when this is not considered, we will end up in a sorry state”, he added.
“egative effect it has created in Nigeria country, it generated a lot of issues in the national newspapers and onlines because of the likes of high profile personalities that Hushppuppi had associated with before the recent developments and the negative impact this association may have had on these names considering the years it has taken them to build these names.
“It will serve us well and correct a lot of wrongs if government, the people and the party could look towards this direction of saving the party and the state from this unforseen circumstances with nothing but a careful investigation of those vying for any elective position such as that of the councilorship to that of Chairmanship of any local government area across the state to avail us of amendment or regrets.
“The electioneering process should also be monitored closely to avoid what could tear the party apart without recourse to punity and respect to party hierarchy, hence there is this urgent call on the state governor and the party leadership at all levels to save ourselves of this great danger of having the likes of these internet gangsters as councilors and chairmen of councils.”