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By Sunday Apah
Leaders and stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State have endorsed the Delta Central Senatorial District to produce the next governor of the state in 2023.
Chairman of the PDP in the local government area, Chief Godspower Obaro, who spoke on behalf of the leaders and stakeholders of Isoko South Local Government Area on Sunday, when the Delta Central 2023 (DC-23) lobby group paid them consultative visit at Oleh, Delta State, said they totally supported rotation of the governorship seat on the basis of senatorial districts.
“We want Delta Central to stand by their word of supporting Isoko and Delta South Senatorial District in 2031. So, on behalf of the political class and everyone in Isoko South Local Government Area, we endorse Delta Central Senatorial District for the 2023 governorship. However, remember us when it is the turn of Delta South to produce the governor in 2031.
“We want to also let you know that our governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, has done very well in the overall development of the state. We urge you to support him to finish strong.
“Now that we have endorsed Delta Central Senatorial District for 2023 governorship, we advise you to unite the political class in your district and also prune down your aspirants for easy primary election,” he said.
Earlier, the National Chairman of DC-23, Senator (Chief) Ighoyota Amori, stated that the body was a lobby group made up of card carrying members of the PDP in the Delta Central Senatorial District to lobby support for the governorship seat for the district in 2023.
He noted that the DC-23 was not different from the G-3 of the Delta South Senatorial District that was formed to drive the process of election of immediate past governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, and the Anioma Agenda that was formed in 2014 to propel the process of election of the current governor of the state, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa.
According to him, “those who want to contest against the aspirants of Delta Central Senatorial district have their argument for the governorship seat, likewise us, but we can’t talk of zoning on ethnic lines because the state is made up of various ethnic groups like Urhobo, Ijaw, Itsekiri, Isoko, Ika, Ndokwa, Oshimili, Aniocha and others; hence, the appeal from us to maintain the zoning arrangement on the basis of senatorial districts in the state.”
“The claim by some persons that the governorship seat, since it had gone round the three senatorial districts, that it should be done as ‘osusu’ that can start from any district, and that they are canvassing for senatorial district and not ethnic is not right. My question is, if not an ethnic agenda, why is it that the Itsekiris and Isokos of Delta South Senatorial District are not in their lobby team, like ours that you have leaders of the eight local government areas in the team,” he wondered.
“It is only zoning on senatorial district order that the PDP can continue with its winning streak in the state. So, what we are pushing for is how a sustainable system can be established where when it gets to the turn of your senatorial district, no one from other senatorial districts will contest against the benefitting district. So, the argument that Urhobo or other ethnic groups contested during the turn of other senatorial districts will no longer be there,” he clarified.
He stated that the DC-23 had started pruning down the aspirants, adding that very soon, only three aspirants will be left for Deltans to pick one among them as candidate of the PDP from the district.
He appealed to the leaders and stakeholders of Isoko South Local Government Area to support the DC-23 push for zoning arrangement on senatorial districts to enhance the chances of the PDP continuing in the governance of the state beyond 2023..
Leaders and Stakeholders of Isoko South Local Government Area included Chief Godspower Obaro, Chief Solomon Ogba, Chief Ross Uredi, Bashorun Askia Ogieh, Hon. Johnson Erijo, Hon. Victor Asasa, Hon. Mrs. Blessing Uzoge, Hon. Chief Ferguson Onwo, Hon. Ovuakpoye Evivie, Hon. Churchill Amagada, Hon. Bino Obuwomano, Chief Onojerame Benjamin, Hon. Orezi Esievo, Hon. Benjamin Efekodo, Chief Goodnews Emamusi Obiodeh, Rev. Godwin Adolor, Hon. Joseph Orogun, Chief Lawrence Eduje, Chief James Obeuwou, Mr. Obuke Ogbodu, Prince Abugo Akpotareghe, Mike Edegware Esq., Chief Kingsley Obeidhoko, Mrs. Mary Erijo, Chief Brooklyn Essi, Hon. Pius Emamowho, Chief Joel Urhobo, Hon. Arova Othuke, Joseph Onos Ejabulor, Chief Patrick Egbuwoku, Obi Eneruvie, Alfred Igule, Chief Egbaoghene Ugolo, Afor Ogbolor, Kelly Aruno Owajutome, Ekpoh Michael and many others.
DC-23 leaders and members that attended the meeting included Senator (Chief) Ighoyota Amori, National Chairman; Chief Solomon Okporua Ighrakpata, Deputy National Chairman; Dr. Chris Oharisi, National Secretary; Olorogun Taleb Tebite, National Financial Secretary; Chief Isaacs Itebu, National Treasurer, Olorogun Arthur Akpowowo, National Publicity Secretary; (Chief) Sunday Apah, Assistant National Publicity Secretary; Chief Christian Onogba, National Assistant Organizing Secretary; Engr. Matthew Tsekiri, Assistant National Secretary; Dcn Raymond Edijala, Assistant National Treasurer; Elohor Uwhobe, Assistant National Women Leader; Chief George Osikorobia, National Auditor; Whisky Esq., National Provost, Oma Adason, Ex-officio.
Others are William Etubiebi Esq., BoT Chairman; Chief Ejaife Odebala, Chief Dr. Mrs. Philomena Oyearone, Chief Mrs. Margret Unukegwo, Rt. Hon. Napoleon Gbinije, Chief Moses Orhokpor, Engr. Emmanuel Ishaka, Mr. Francis Onogbo, Chief Bestman Itive, Chief Solomon Oturu, Dr. Joseph Onojame, Dr. S. E Omovie, Chief Michael Akpobasa, Chief Collins Eboh, Chief Friday Orugbo, Chief Onoriode Ishegbe, Ms Maureen Ughojor, Chief Dr. Isaac Akpoveta, Hon. Francis Okan, Prince Samuel Robinson, Chief David Ejukonemu, Eruke Asore, Maidoh-Oyearone Iroro, Etabuko Godfrey, Chief Abraham Odjighoro, Engr. Eric Osiobe, Mr. Ejimitowovwon Emmanuel, Mr. Benjamin Ogbimi, Mr. Efe Itie, Hon. Ejiro Wilson-Eghrudje, Prince Samuel Robinson, Ese Omamogho, Representatives of Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, Representatives of Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, Representatives of Olorogun David Edevbie, Representatives of Senator Emmanuel Aguariavwodo, Representatives of Chief James Augoye and many others.