A group, Ijaw Equity Group, has asked the Delta State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Barr. Kingsley Esiso, to resign his position since he has lost the gait of an unbiased umpire expected to midwife a free and credible election comes 2023.
Esiso had reportedly said that the governorship position in 2023 will go to Delta Central Senatorial District against the democratic ethos of the party.
Specifically, he was quoted to have said that his position being product of a zoning arrangement was “sacrosanct”.
But the group, in a statement signed by Edonkumor Jones, Amalade Ebiowei and Felix Indi, Chairman, Secretary and Spokesman respectively on Wednesday, described as uncharitable and politics taken too far, the comment by Esiso on zoning of the governorship position in the State in 2023.
“Esiso has by his statement derobed the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of democratic ethos and presented the party in bad light”, the group said.
“Esiso, the Chairman of the PDP has lost the gait of an umpire, clearly shown bias and thereby affirmed that he cannot midwife a free and credible election where losers could, with sportsmanship, accept they were given a fair play ground and nevertheless pull resources for the growth and success of the party”, the group said.
They, therefore, called for his immediate resignation or removal as chairman, stating that he has betrayed the trust reposed in him by his recent comments on zoning of the governorship position.
“The party Chairman’s callous statement showed, ab initio, that Esiso did not possess the requisite maturity to be Chairman of the PDP in a transitional tenure”, the IEG statement noted.
“Assuming without conceding that there was a binding agreement on zoning, previous Chairmen of the party, who would have been aware, were not callous and braggadocious about it, to cause division in the party as Esiso had done”.
The group further maintained that “Esiso’s statement has polarized the party and requires one with maturity to achieve fence mending. We recommend a quick action towards relieving Esiso of his post so opposition parties in the state do not capitalize on the growing polarity occasioned by his statement and draw huge political capital from it”, the statement noted.