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Delta 2023: Group accuses govt agents of caging delegates in hotels, seize phones for preferred aspirant 

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

By Cletus Opukeme , Asaba

A group identified itself as Delta united front ( DUF) has raised alarm, accusing Delta state government agents  of caging, delegates by lodging them in Hotels and their phoned seized to prevent other Aspirants from meeting Them.

In a press statement jointly signed by the group leadership, Chief Aphensus Dibi, Delta South, Mr. Collins Okafor, Delta North and Barr. Claude Oghenekvwe, Delta Central, said, ”It has come to the attention of the Delta United Forum that hotels like Benaza, owned by Kingsley Emu, and others such as Hampton, Copperfield Okpanam Road, Dulux are where delegates are presently lodged and already instructed to vote the candidate of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in the person of Sherriff Oberovri.


”While we have no problem with lodging or voting by delegates for a candidate of their choice, but we are concerned about a situation where they are being held incommunicado and their phones seized only to be driven to the venue so as to prevent other aspirants from seeing them is ungodly, unconscionable and reprehensible. We condemn it in it entirety.

”As call to most of the delegates especially the ones from Delta North met dead end as they were all switched off” They said..t

Continuing, ”It is worrisome that this incidence of delegates being held hostage is being traced to the Governor’s camp. The fact that a winner of one of the senatorial seats of the party is being mentioned as the leader is most unfortunate.

”We are indeed surprised by the turn of events. This is not what the governor had promised. Months ago, he promised free and fair primaries but the current development contrary to his pledge, even in the church.

”The Governor must realise that denying other aspirants the right to meet with the delegates on the eve of the primaries is not only a threat to democratic ethos but also a mischievous plot to undermine democratic growth. All this would have far reaching consequences.

”Therefore, the Delta Unity Forum wish to draw the attention of all Nigerians and Deltans in particular to the daylight brigandage being perpetrated to deny delegates right to associate with aspirants on the eve of the gubernatorial primaries.

”The delegates must be allowed to meet freely with the aspirants and their phones be switched on. A primary election is a game and not a war” the statement added.



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