A councillorship aspirant under the platform of the People Democracy Party (PDP) in Bomadi ward one, Mr. Nelson Gomeromo, has alleged that some party leaders had concluded plans to impose his co-contestant and incumbent councillor of the ward, Hon. Nurse Edeinmene, on the people of the ward in the runoff election earlier scheduled for this week.
The duo had tallied in the party ward primaries held Friday last week, as a result, the party leadership had scheduled Sunday 15th October, 2017 for a runoff election that was further postponed indefinitely without concrete reasons given to contestants and delegates, leading to chaos in the council headquarters.
Protesting against the postponement and the perceived plan of
imposition, Mr. Gomeromo and his supporters marched down to the Bomadi Police Division to lay their complaints and grievances, carrying placards with inscriptions that read “Bomadi ward one rejects imposition”, “We say No to imposition of candidate”, “For the sake of 2019, Okowa please intervene” and others.
Addressing newsmen, Mr. Gomeromo said “the election we held last week was historic; it was the most credible and transparent election so far in Bomadi. I think the credit should go to the party ward chairman, Mr. Tanko Awipi, because Bomadi has recorded what I call the freest, fairest and most credible election in the history of Bomadi politics.
“But now, we got information from an impeccable source that, the election will not hold today (Sunday) and that some party leaders want to impose the incumbent lady on us, which is a rape of the smooth democratic process that we are trying to nurture. We are saying no to the planned imposition.
“The emphasis that women should be encouraged for political
offices should not be misconstrued for imposing a candidate on the people as it used to be done, as the party hierarchy both at the national and state levels are bent on encouraging true democratic processes and principles.
“The plan to introduce female favouritism is an unacceptable
imposition which Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the State Party
chairman/executive abhor in their promise to be fair to all. Nobody should accordingly drop their names and tarnish same in their plans to impose candidates.