–saya too much rancour in Delta APC.
A governorship aspirant in Delta State on the platform of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Dr. O’diakpo Obire, yesterday withdrew from the party with his teeming supporters from across the 25 local government areas of the State because of what he described as “too much internal rancor, and too many self-seeking leaders of the party that have given the party a bad name in the State”.
The former APC governorship aspirant who made this pronouncement in a press statement he personally signed, said he is ‘indubitably convinced that his dreams for Delta are incongruous with and cannot be achieved on the platform of a crises prone political party.”
Dr. Obire said he is in the race to win it, and with his quest of ‘Putting Deltans First, he averred that he is uncomfortable with some leaders of the party clamoring for zoning the governorship ticket to a particular section of the State, instead of looking for aspirants with character, capacity and competence and with great visions like his humble self.
He said, “ In short order, I will inform my teeming supporters, political associates, interest groups committed to this project, and the people of Delta State of the platform to which I will shift my aspiration, in pursuance of the “Liberation Mandate” for our dear State, after extensive consultations and careful scrutiny.
“The need to attain peace, progress and sustainable development is a critical concern for political leadership. Today, our society is full of aspiring political leaders but sadly, very few live up to the leadership ideals they profess.
“In fact, good political leadership requires a combination of charisma and integrity, as well as the ability to assess a situation and make a decision based on what would be in the best interest of the people, with the willingness to stand up for what is right and maintaining the principles and practice of egalitarianism and fair play.
“Since its inception, Delta State All Progressive Congress has been challenged with one form of crises or the other. This has not helped to build, strengthen and prepare the party for the utmost task of taking over power from the People Democratic Party (PDP) which has mismanaged the resources of the State and crippled it since 1999.
“The crisis rocking the party further escalated following the parallel congresses held by the two groups battling for the soul of the party. On one front is the imported notion of zoning the governorship ticket of the party to a section of the State, a situation which negates the principle of popular participation and debases the true principles of internal democracy. And on the other, is a faction headed by an individual who believes it is his right to rule Delta State even when he has repeatedly failed at the polls for the past 16 years.
“Zoning shuts the door against the aspirations of some and exposes our polity to sectional leadership and quackery in the management of our common patrimony for the interest and benefit of the few rather than having a system that profits the entire citizenry of the State.
“At the just concluded APC National Convention of the party which held at the Eagle’s Square Abuja, it was evidently clear that the leadership of the APC in Delta State has failed to pursue a common ground for reconciliation and unity. This was demonstrated by organized violence by thugs reported to be loyal to leaders of the party in the State.
“I am an advocate of peaceful resolution of differences. Therefore, in view of the crises and unmitigated violence that has rocked the party as adduced above, I find my aspiration on its platform untenable in the face of the unending crisis.”
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