This Day (Lagos)

4 July 2002

Nigeria: PDP Primaries: Chairmanship Aspirant Sues for Calm

Asaba — After the People's Democratic Party (PDP) primaries elections in Delta State on tuesday, an aspirant to the chairmanship position in Oshimili South Council Area of the state, Mr isichei Osamgbi has advised his supporters to be calm as they await the results.

briefing newsmen in Asaba, Osamgbi said; "the essence of putting you guys together here, is to let you know that, whatever that has happened, we demand collective attention from our leaders for the party to move ahead. If they continue to tear apart, like they have been doing in the last couple of weeks, the party may continue to be weaker in oshimili South Local government Area, which will be dangerous for all to deal with."

he called on all his suppoters to remain calm even in the face of intimidation by opponents, adding that the only way democracy could grow was by eschewing violence.

Osamgbi reiterated that in an election, there must be winners and losers. that in the spirit of sportmanship, contestants should always learn to accept whatever the result of an election conducted particularly in party's primaries.

"this is the time to sit down and talk, and to know where to move on like I told you earlier. Most importantly, whatever happens in this primaries, if we take laws into our hands, it will end up destroying the party," the chairmanship aspirant declared.

He further called on the leaders of the party, no matter there differences in the past to put heads together, with a view to seeing how they could resolve the crisis at hand and ensure that whoever emerges the winners of the primaries be given full backing.

the party's primaries was on Tuesday held across the 23 local government areas of Delta State, leaving only Warri south and Warri south west as the only council areas that the elections was postponed due to security reasons. At the time of filing in this report, the results of the elections have not been announced, as they were still being collated.

However, THISDAY checks reveal that some of the elections in some council areas were poorly conducted by the returning officials and this gave rise to disenchantments by some party faithfuls and pockets of protests.

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