There is palpable tension in Burutu Local Area of Delta state among youths and faithfuls of the Peoples Democratic Party following an alleged attempt by stakeholders and leaders of the party to punish critics of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration.
Some quarters further stated that political appointees of the Governor Okowa’s administration have been ordered to stay stay mute on issues of governance or face being sacked.
The tension was occasioned by an alleged resolution reached at the aftermath of a meeting of stakeholders, leaders and party faithfuls in Burutu, the headquarters of the Council.
Comments driven by anger filled the social media space following the circulation of a publication stating the formation of a five-man disciplinary committee to try persons found wanting with acts of misconduct.
The publication signed by the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in Burutu, Joseph Godwin Esetebeafa further charged the committee to swing into action without delay as it was given a two-week window to complete it’s task.
The publication read in part;
“There is a growing misconduct of Party activities being championed by some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Burutu LGA Chapter.
“Consequently and in line with the Constitution of the PDP, the Burutu LGA Party Executive Committee hereby appoints the following persons as members of the disciplinary Committee:
1. Hon. Lawson Ogei – Chairman,
2. Cleric Alaowei Esq – Secretary,
3. Barr. Ebikefe Youkere – member,
4. Mr. Clement Ereide – member,
5. Hon. Peremobowei Amakama – member,
6. Madam Helen Layegbe – member,
7. Mr. Wilfred Boumiebi – member.
“The Committee is given two weeks effective from today the 8th of October 2020 to try those alleged to have committed act of misconduct.”
However, when contacted by Daily Report Nigeria to ascertain the speculation, the PDP Chairman in Burutu Local Government Area, Hon Ebike Oromoni blatantly denied the speculations, labelling them as works of opposition elements.
Ebike explained that the speculations were mere rumours, saying the party only resorted to creating a resolution avenue for aggrieved members to be carried along.
He maintained that the issues were internally driven and as such, the party will resolve them internally.
Another source who spoke on anonymity clarified the Chairman’s position, stating that punishing critics of government was not even part of the meetings agenda.
However, some elements of in-house misconduct and anti- party behaviours have been identified, and that is what the committee is likely to tackle.
When the Secretary of the disciplinary committee, Barr Cleric Alaowei was contacted for further clarifications, he shunned our correspondents, stating he has no jurisdiction to speak on the issue.