* Says Burutu leaders have been deceiving them with Gov. Okowa’s name to have their way
By Cletus Opukeme, Warri
Controversy trails the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Burutu last weekend Congress where few leaders were said to have returned the party’s chairman Mr. Oromoni Ebike on voiced vote who passed a vote of confidence and thereby endorsed him for second tenure.
The second tenure arrangement did not go down well with majority of the party’s card carrying members and this had set fire on the party in Burutu LGA in Delta State.
Dr. Alapala Ebitonmo Anhony, a former Delta state House of Assembly aspirant under the Peoples Democratic party ( PDP) who spoke with Daily Watch on phone, frowned at what he described as a kangoro congress last week that few leaders handpicked the outgoing chairman on second tenure, using the name of the state governor, Dr. Okowa Ifeanyi to deceive the people in Burutu to returned Mr. Oromoni Ebike.
He threatened that if the right thing is not done by the leadership of the party by making the congress open for interested persons to conrest in the party. He said, he would lead the aggrieved PDP members in Burutu to court against the cabal to challenge the chairmanship of the party.
He said, ” the second option available for the aggrieved PDP members in Burutu is to form a parallel executive to express the anger of the majority of the PDP members untill the issue is resolved. When that happens, you know what that means, it will give our opponents an opportunity to find our weak point.
” The same eaders have been lying on the name of the state governor to deceive us I. 2016 when I contested PDP chairman Burutu LGA. That Okowa said this, Okowa said that. All there are lies. I have confronted Okowa one on one over the 2016 Congress in Burutu. Gov. Okowa Ifeanyi denied them. And I just allowed them to have their way, just because Okowa is involved for his election. This time, we will meet in court soon as we have consulted our team lawyers” he said.
Meanwhile, last weekend in Burutu, the leader of a committee set up to manage the PDP congress in the area, Rtd Wing Commander P. Y Biakpara, noted that, the present leadership of the party in Burutu has done very well and proven to have the wherewithal in enhancing the achievements recorded thus far.
Wing Commander Biakpara, a former Commissioner in the state, who on behalf of the stakeholders raised a vote of confidence on the party Chairman, Mr. Ebike Oromoni and his led executive, noted with satisfaction the endearing good leadership qualities of the present party exco in Burutu local government area.
He said the congress management committee after appraising Mr. Ebike Oromoni and his led executives in the last four years recommended them for continuity which was subsequently adopted by stakeholders.
“it is imperative to at this juncture align ourselves with the unity of the party which the present executives has so far build to the admiration of all stakeholders. It won’t be out of place for the present executives to continue. The key word here is continuity. The present executives is not found otherwise than to continue” – Biakpara said.
Other top PDP members include ,Chief J T Government, Hon. Asupa Forteta, Hon Ekpotuayerin Pullah, Chief Funkekeme Solomon, Elder Godsday Orubebe, Chief Emmanuel Amgbaduba, Chief Julius Takeme, Hon Tam Brisibe, Rt Hon Franc Enekorogha, Hon Godknows Angele, Hon Julius Pondi, Hon Daniel Yingi, Alhaji Isa Clark, Hon. Shedrack Agediga and Hon Richard Numa, Mrs. Georgina Eva and Gen. Demeyeibo Brodrick.