Chief Olorogun Fred Majemite, an accomplished lawyer and a frontline aspirant for 2023 governorship election in Delta State has expressed his displeasure over the outcome of the report of the Screening Committee set up by DC-23 which was presented on December 14, saying that the report does not represent the wishes of the majority of Delta Central and Delta State in general.
A statement released and signed by Ovie Edomi, a Campaign Manager and Head of Media & Public Communication, Olorogun Majemite Campaign Organization, OMCO, stated that “The report did not come as a surprise to most of Deltans because speculations have been on-going concerning how the group is working for a particular candidate but Olorogun Barrister Fred Majemite decided to respect the Urhobo leaders despite the rumour making the rounds believing that the Screening Committee made up of academics, clerics and other distinguished Urhobos will not be allowed to be used to hatch the plan of some persons.
“The disturbing thing which equally makes the DC-23 Screening Committee’s report unacceptable was that the Committee listed five aspirants without stating the criteria for selecting the five. One expects a report of this nature if it must be credible and acceptable to follow some procedures, to show transparency, fairness, objectivity, constitutional democracy and respect for human rights.”
Edomi also said that, “At the end of the screening exercise, we will not be surprised that the name that has been speculated as the one the Committee is working for will emerge. At that point, Urhobos and Deltans will realize that we have all been taken for granted. We expected the Screening Committee to invite members of the press to the screening exercise including civil rights organizations but it was not so all through the entire exercises. This action and the eventual report which has been predicted, will only strengthen Olorogun Barrister Fred Majemite the more.
“We fault the Screening Committee for coming up with this script called report, which does not reflect public expectations. We will continue to pursue his ambition and the campaign organization will drive the process to a logical conclusion.
“Furthermore, Majemite believes in our party the PDP and its leaders in the state as well as at the national level. He believes they have the final say on who becomes the flag bearer of the party. Till they so decide, we shall continue to seek the support of all, including the members of Urhobo Progressive Union, UPU, the apex Urhobo Cultural group and other unions that have men and women of undiluted integrity.
“Once again, we honestly reject the report of the lobby group screening committee. Let it be placed on record that Majemite is a man of peace and would continue to reach out to the people to promote his manifesto in preparation for party primaries in 2022.
“Whatever yardstick used to judge the pedigree and eligibility of those shortlisted remain an internal intrigue of the lobby group, and it is completely rejected as long as the process lack depth, transparency, fairness, objectivity and democratic tendencies. We therefore urge all supporters and political associates of Olorogun Barrister Fred Majemite in Delta Central Senatorial District and across Delta State and beyond to keep hope alive. Power comes from God so together we shall by the grace of the one that gives power prevail at the party primaries next year”.