Aggrieved Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) members in Patani, headquarters of Patani local government area of Delta State, have condemned the party’s top shots in Abuja for subverting the will of the people by imposing an unpopular candidate, who allegedly lost the Nov. 29, 2014 House of Assembly PDP primary in the area, on the people.
The PDP stalwarts and other supporters of the Deputy Speaker of the Delta State Legislature, Rt. Hon. Basil Ganagana, who won the election with 31 votes to defeat the imposed candidate, Tonye Timi, who polled 18 votes in the election, accused the National Chairman of PDP, Adamu Mu’Azu and the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, of masterminding the electoral fraud.
Marching through major roads in Patani Saturday, they demanded the immediate restoration of the people’s mandate as reflected in the election won by the lawmaker or move against the party in the general elections.
Addressing newsmen during the protest, PDP Chieftains Mr. Harrison Biu, Rev. Isreal Unutame and Special Assistant to the Dep. Speaker on Media and Research Mr. Patrick Edema expressed lack of confidence in the national executive of the PDP for subverting the will of the people.
This is the second non-violent protest in the area in two weeks to demand the restoration of the name of Hon. Ganagana who represents the Patani constituency in the State Legislature.