The Patriotic Front is in a serious panic in case Dora Siliya stands in Petauke Central and the party has now changed candidates from the one who successfully petitioned to a different candidate.
The PF has abandoned Lenard Banda for Elias Daka commonly known as Eliboma in Petauke District. According to information reaching the Zambian Watchdog, Lenard Banda has since threatened to campaign for the opposition once the PF adopt a different candidate.The development will mean that the ruling party has abandoned its custom of picking persons that have successfully petitioned election results. Lenard Banda will then taste the Donchi Kubeba medicine.
According to another source within the PF, Elias Daka may not be a good candidate for the PF because he is said to be very cruel to people in Petauke. “I do not know what is happening in our party, Eliboma is not like by people in the area because he is very boastful and cruel. I do not think even his workers can vote for him, it may just be another 9-1 like the Mkaika results” the source said.
Elias Daka is a former MMD District Vice Chairperson who quickly defected to the PF after 2011 elections because he owes the Food Reserve Agency and commercial banks, huge sums of money.
Those supporting the candidature of Daka say his advantage is that he is very close to the owner of Radio Explorer in Petauke thereby giving him an upper hand.Radio explorer is commonly known as PF radio in Petauke.