(By Jackson Owhor) -The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, primaries in the Emohua Local Government Area Of Rivers State to elect party councillorship flag bearers in the forthcoming local government elections was peaceful and successful.
As expected, the odds did not favour all those who wanted to become flag bearers of the party in their wards because each ward can only produce one candidate, irrespective of the number of aspirants, and that is where the challenge of some aspirants is.
Those who understand that the pendulum could swing in their favour or against them go into the contest with open minds – to accept the outcome in the spirit of sportsmanship. However, the presumptuous do not see it that way: they see the contest as a do or die affair. When they lose, they attempt to discredit the process, other aspirants and the stakeholders in the area.
It has to be stated that the councillorship primaries in Emohua Local Government Area followed due process, as agreed by the party leadership at the state level and implemented simultaneously across the 23 local government areas of the state.
While the disappointments, on the part of those who lost is understandable, it is unreasonable for a defeated aspirant to resort to blackmailing the stakeholders simply because he was not favoured.
It is therefore against this background that we urge Solomon Egbert of Ward 5, Obele, to stop his campaign of calumny against party chieftains in Emohua Local Government Area because the best, and most acceptable candidate won the election and not himself.
The outcome of the primaries was the decision of majority of the stakeholders, and it is wisdom that any one who lost accepts the outcome and patiently wait for another opportunity.
Resorting to name calling and misrepresentation of facts has never helped, and in this instance cannot change the popular decision taken by the majority.