Following the decision of four of the six chairmanship candidates to throw their weight behind the ambition of Hon. Justice Iyasere, the incumbent Vice Chairman of Udu Local Government Council, the Udu elders and leaders have resolved to endorse his candidature, urging Governor Okowa and the state leadership of the party to listen to the position of the leaders for the peace and unity of the party.
In a letter addressed to the Governor of Delta State shortly after the meeting of the College of PDP elders and leaders on Friday and signed by Chief Eddie Ono-Sorhue, Chairman, and Barr. J.E.O Isaka, Secretary, the party leader frowned at unwarranted interference in the politics of Udu from outside, adding that for Udu to win elections and make progress, their opinion, position and decision must be respected by the party leadership.
The letter, which was dated December 11, 2020 stated inter alia: Pursuant to the meeting of the body held on Wednesday December 9, 2020 at the Ovwian residence of the chairman, Chief Eddie Ono-Sorhue wherein five chairmanship aspirants presented themselves and declared their intentions to contest the 2021 local government elections, following which they were asked to hold their own meeting to discuss and present one person amongst themselves as consensus candidate at a later date.
“The meeting of the body was then adjourned to Friday December 11, 2020 to receive reports from the aspirants.
The report as presented y Hon. Emmanuel Kpomalefe, one of the candidates says that, the candidates met severally on the issue and that since they cannot all occupy the position at the same time, they have endorsed Mr. Justice Iyasere as the consensus candidate for the Chairmanship position of Udu local government council in the 2021 polls.
“This decision was applauded and unanimously adopted by members of the body on this 11th day of December, 2020 in order to uphold the desired unity of the party and for peace, harmony and progress of the party in Udu, towards the 2023 general elections.”
The leaders of the party therefore appealed to the governor to respect the position of the elders so as to give them a sense of belonging in the matter of choice of the next council chairman.
The four chairmanship aspirants who made the sacrifice to endorse Hon. Justice Iyasee include Hon. Emmanuel Kpomalefe, Hon. Matthew Ovewielejeria, Rt. Hon. Jonathan Goru Karo and Efeturi Ono-Sorhue.
The meeting was attended by a vast array of leaders and elders including Chief Eddie Ono-Sorhue, Chairman, College of Leaders; Elegbete Barr. Moses Odibo, Vice Chairman; Chief Andrew Orugbo, Political Adviser, College of Leaders; Barr. J.E.O Ishaka. Secretary; Hon. Peter Okagbare Uviejitobor, Member representing Udu in DTHA; Chief Henry Sakpra, Honourable Commissioner, Special Duties, Government House, Asaba; Chief Gordon Okpako, former member, DTHA; Chief Keston Okoro, former member, DTHA; Chief B.J Egbetama; Prince Sam Ughwujowovwo; Hon. Peter Ogbavweni, State Assistant Treasurer, PDP, Delta State; Bishop Duke Apososo, Barr. Pat Willie; Chief Andrew Oyovbiraye; Chief Donald Brosu; Hon. King Onaghware; Papa Daniel Rioka; Mrs. Grace Mragbozo; Comrade Sunday Subi; Barr. Joshua Yarhere; Comrade Oyibo Yarhere; Jedda Ogagan; Chief Love Okoro; Hon. Patrick Ariole; Chief Ernest Juweto; Peter Ogho Okpikpi; Chief Luke Djebah, Chief Joseph Odjeni and others.