The general elections are just a few days away, first on the line of fire is the Presidential and National Assembly elections, the two are arguably the most important of the lot, though the governorship polls are just as important.
Participants are currently putting finishing touches to their strategies and campaign have reached fever pitch in the last few days and it will continue till the day before elections.
However, at such times, it is not healthy for political parties to experience some form of rebellion among its members, this much more dangerous when such members vow to vote in mass numbers against the candidate of the party.
Unfortunately, this appears to be the case in Delta State where some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have vowed not to support the reelection ambition of long-term senator, James Manager.
Youths and adults in the senator’s constituency are said to be determined not to see the return of Manager to the Senate, they argue that the senator had been a disappointment and it was time to give another person a try.
Their resolve was also buoyed by the fact that the man contesting against manager was the immediate past governor of the state, Emmanuel Uduaghan. The former governor defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and has is eyes set on taking Manager’s seat at the Senate.
The fact that Uguaghan was a former PDP member may have informed the decision and the willingness of the party members to vote for the APC in the coming elections. This is certainly a source of worry for the Presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar who may suffer a direct hit from the party member’s decision to back the opposition.
While Atiku worry, President Buhari will see it as an opportunity to make significant inroads into a state he performed significantly poorly in the last election, the APC has been making moves to secure a strong footing in the Niger Delta and this may just seem like the right opportunity to do so.
Senator James Manager was recently booed by members of the party youth league in Isoko South, narrating the ordeal of the Senator who at the time was paying a visit to the party chairman at the senatorial district stated that the youths made their voices heard and are determined not to allow Manager return to the Senate.
“James Manager is a big failure and does not deserve the support and votes of Isoko people. Immediately we got the news of Manager’s visit to Idodo Umeh’s house, we the PDP youth in Olomoro stormed the place to listen to what he has to say.
“As soon as it was time for him to speak, we all started booing and shouting him down. It was an event that cannot be forgotten in a hurry.
“All efforts by the host, Chief Idodo Umeh, to calm us down failed because we overwhelmed everybody. For the past 16 years, Manager has nothing to show in Isoko.
“After electing him, he will run away and come back again after four years for votes. This time around, Isoko people are wiser. In fact, let me reveal our secret to you.
“All Isoko PDP youth have resolved before now that come this Saturday, February 16, 2019, Manager will be sent back home from the National Assembly, and he will be replaced by the immediate past Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan,” the eye witness said.
“Senator James Manager has failed the people, especially we the Isoko people.
“For good 16 years, Manager can’t boast of anything in Isoko. Manager was able to buy party delegates during our primaries; will he also buy the people’s votes to win come this Saturday, February 16, 2019?
“Forget what you see in the public. I must open up to you that all PDP members will vote out Manager and replace him with Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan.
“We are all tired of Senator James Manager. His case is very bad and if you watch very well, he is aware that he will fail in Isoko, hence he has decided not to campaign in Isoko nation.
“We the Isoko will be collectively saying ‘bye bye’ to Manager on Saturday,” another witness stated,” another witness stated.
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