By Kelvin Ohoror
Ahead of PDP primaries, youths numbering over three hundred from Oleh ward 1 and 2 in Isoko South Local Government Area have staged a peaceful protest, barricading the busy Oleh roundabout over the substitution of the names of its elected Adhoc delegates.
The protest caused heavy vehicular traffic gridlock as the road was closed to traffic for over an hour while security operatives made frantic effort to ensure peace while the protest lasted.
The Isoko youths displaying placards with various inscriptions such as “Okowa is a good leader”, “Okowa is a peaceful leader”, “Oleh delegate list should not be tempered with” and “leave Oleh delegates list” insisted that the Adhoc delegate list must reflect the election which was conducted in the presence of the PDP ward Chairmen for Oleh Ward 1, Mr Lucky Ukpeowe and ward 2, Mr Idogho Paul as well as other party stakeholders. The Trumpet Gathered
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Vincent Obonyano from Oleh Ward 1 and Engineer Chris Kelvin from Oleh Ward 2 said after a successful election where three Adhoc delegates each were elected, they were surprised that the names of those elected have been substituted.
They noted that the substitution of the names of elected Adhoc delegates clearly showed that some persons were out to shortchange the people in order to carry out their selfish motives
The Youth Leaders accused the Isoko South PDP Chairman, Mr Obaro Godspower of substituting the names of adhoc delegates. According to them, those elected for Oleh Ward 1 were, Arch. Joe Iroro, Idhoveh Lucky and Edo Oghenero Joy but the that the name of Idhoveh Lucky was substituted with one Emudhere Ufuoma Israel.
They added that elected Adhoc delegates for Oleh Ward 2 were Chief Onojereme Benjamin, Mr Unuafe Believe and Mrs Roseline Jonathan but the names of Mr Unuafe Believe and Mrs Roseline Jonathan were substituted for one Ejebe Batty Omonigho and Obus Simmer Uyoyouoghene.
They appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to reinstate the names as that was the only way to pacify them stressing that they were not against the governor or the leadership of the party in the state.