Those telling Ogboru he’ll win Delta guber ‘re misleading him –Oborevwori



Says Delta Central’ll take its next turn in 2023;
Ex-gov Uduaghan ‘ll return to PDP at the appointed time

By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor, South-South

SPEAKER  of Delta House of Assembly, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, has said that politicians assuring the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Great Ogboru, that he will win the 2019 governorship elections in the state were simply deceiving him.

Oborevwori, who is from Delta Central senatorial district as Ogboru, said Ogboru had lost all the governorship elections he had contested in the state since 1999 and very reasonable people from the district, just like other Deltans, know that Delta North still has a running eight-year tenure that will be completed in 2023.

The Speaker, who spoke to Saturday Vanguard in Asaba, said the APC governorship aspirants from Delta North, who faulted their party’s primary that produced Ogboru, alleged that it was an imposition. They were    undoubtedly correct that it was the  turn of Delta North to produce the next governor of the state.

Sheriff Oborevwori

Why they’re confusing Ogboru

“Though it is not a written agreement, it is something that Deltans have accepted across party divide and those kicking against it are self-centered,” he added.

His words: “However, the truth of the matter is that some politicians are goading Ogboru to contest not because they believe he is going to win, but they want to use him to achieve their political ambitions in Delta Central senatorial district. We are all from Delta Central, we know their game plan, and they do not want to tell him the truth, which is why they are misguiding him.”

“The emergence of Ogboru as APC governorship standard bearer will surely work in favour of PDP because even APC people of Delta North will not vote for him because they know it is not the turn of Delta Central,” he added.

Delta Central’s next turn is 2023

According to him, “I do not have any fear about APC picking its gubernatorial candidate from Delta Central senatorial district, where I hail from because I believe in equity and I know that very reasonable people from my senatorial district and other Deltans also believe in equity.”

“We have done our own part, Delta Central has spent 10 years in power, eight years of Chief James Ibori and two years of the Chief Felix Ibru (late), Delta South had done their eight years, so it is the turn of Delta North, the people of Delta North will have their second tenure to complete their eight years before it will go to Delta Central again in 2023.

APC in Delta north will vote Okowa

“I can tell you that the people of Delta North will vote their own; it does not matter whether they are in PDP, APC or any other party because they know it is their turn. So there is no fear about APC causing any upset to the rotational governorship that everybody has come to accept in the state. They will surely vote for Okowa,” he said.

Obovreweri asserted: “In the interest of fairness and equity, it is proper that Delta North produce the next governor and that person is our own governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, who has actually done very well in terms of infrastructure. You can see that in Delta state, there is peace, people are happy; he has handled the issue of ethnic crises and attacks on oil installations. The people are at peace with him, he has commissioned projects in over 20 local government areas and before the end of this year, he would inaugurate more.”

He stated: “Recently in Burutu where the state government had not commissioned project before, his administration had done several kilometers of road in the swamp terrain, so it is a plus for this government.”

Making 2019 easier for PDP

The Speaker disclosed: “That is not why I am not surprised that the former Speaker, Rt Hon Victor Ochei and Prof Pat Utomi had made it abundantly clear that there was no going back on their stand that the right things should be done.”

“They know that the people of Delta North and even APC people in Delta North will not vote for APC with Ogboru as the governorship candidate because there is an unwritten power sharing system in the state. In fact, APC has made the task of PDP retaining its hold on Delta easier with the choice of Ogboru,” he said.

If Igbuya is an election rigger, it’s not our culture in PDP

Commenting on the claim by the immediate past Speaker, Rt Hon Monday Igbuya, who had defected from PDP to APC that Ogboru had won the previous governorship elections, but was rigged out by him and others then in PDP, he said: “Maybe that is his specialty, like in my area, we do not rig elections, and we are largely PDP in my area. I guess he did not win his own election to come to the House of Assembly, which is why he is saying so.”

“But I know that Governor Okowa won his election, he is somebody that the people loved and he went round to campaign.  My opinion is that he is just saying what he wants to    say, but I can tell you that Sapele constituency where he is from today, PDP is taking over the place and we will get more votes there in 2019 than what we got in 2015 because we are even more united there now after his exit.

“In fact, many people have come to PDP in his constituency and we are on top. Delta Central is assuring Delta North and Governor Okowa that we will not forsake them in 2019.    If we do not support Delta North in 2019, how can we tell them to support us in 2023? He said.

Hard work gave Atiku victory, Fayose should simmer down

Reacting to the threat by the outgoing governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, to leave PDP over Atiku Abubakar’s emergence as the party’s presidential flag-bearer, he said: “With due respect to the governor of Ekiti state, people all round the world, not only Nigeria applauded the primary as not just free and fair, but the most peaceful primary ever conducted by any political party in the country. “

“Alhaji Atiku    Abubakar won because he worked very hard, he has the capacity to deliver, so if Fayose is not happy, I do not have anything to say, it will be sorted out at the leadership level, so I appeal to our respected governor to calm down and continue to build the party for he is one of the builders,” he added.

 

Ibori with PDP body and soul

He paid lustrous compliment to the second civilian governor of the state, Chief James Ibori, saying: He is our national leader, Ibori is core PDP, people were saying so many things, but that is not true, he is with the governor, supporting the governor. I have full confidence that PDP is intact in the state.

Uduaghan ‘ll return to PDP

Responding to the insistence of former governor,    Uduaghan    that his new party, APC, would take over the state, next year,  he said: “With due respect to His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, I do not know how he is going to campaign against our party, the party that brought him to limelight and to where he is today. We are still one family, he went on leave to APC and I believe he will come back because all his family members are in PDP.”

“He may have his reasons for his action but at the appointed time, he will return, the leadership of the party spoke to him on his grievances and when you asked me whether I spoke to him or not, you see, when the leaders had spoken to him, there was nothing I could   tell him because I am the speaker.   My bosses have spoken to him and he did not listen,”

“I want to repeat that he will come back because it will be difficult for him to mount the podium to campaign against PDP. What will he tell the people?” He added.

I thank my people

The Speaker, one of the PDP lawmakers returned unopposed in the just concluded primaries by their constituents, said: “First of all, let me thank my people for deeming it fit to return me unopposed. I believe that they did that because they saw what I did for the last three and half years. I did a lot of empowerment, the best that had happened in my constituency and even Delta Central senatorial district up till date.”

“Secondly, the governor has performed in my constituency and other parts of the state, he has done very well. As we speak, my scholarship programme is running, we have given scholarship and bursary to students, indigenes and non indigenes in higher institutions. Indigene is 80 percent, non indigene- 20 percent. They looked at the things I have done and concluded that I have done well, that is why they returned me unopposed.”

Oborevwori, who is from Delta Central senatorial district as Ogboru, said Ogboru had lost all the governorship elections he had contested in the state since 1999 and very reasonable people from the district, just like other Deltans, know that Delta North still has a running eight-year tenure that will be completed in 2023.

The Speaker, who spoke to Saturday Vanguard in Asaba, said the APC governorship aspirants from Delta North, who faulted their party’s primary that produced Ogboru, alleged that it was an imposition. They were    undoubtedly correct that it was the  turn of Delta North to produce the next governor of the state.

Why they’re confusing Ogboru

“Though it is not a written agreement, it is something that Deltans have accepted across party divide and those kicking against it are self-centered,” he added.

His words: “However, the truth of the matter is that some politicians are goading Ogboru to contest not because they believe he is going to win, but they want to use him to achieve their political ambitions in Delta Central senatorial district. We are all from Delta Central, we know their game plan, and they do not want to tell him the truth, which is why they are misguiding him.”

“The emergence of Ogboru as APC governorship standard bearer will surely work in favour of PDP because even APC people of Delta North will not vote for him because they know it is not the turn of Delta Central,” he added.

Delta Central’s next turn is 2023

According to him, “I do not have any fear about APC picking its gubernatorial candidate from Delta Central senatorial district, where I hail from because I believe in equity and I know that very reasonable people from my senatorial district and other Deltans also believe in equity.”

“We have done our own part, Delta Central has spent 10 years in power, eight years of Chief James Ibori and two years of the Chief Felix Ibru (late), Delta South had done their eight years, so it is the turn of Delta North, the people of Delta North will have their second tenure to complete their eight years before it will go to Delta Central again in 2023.

APC in Delta north will vote Okowa

“I can tell you that the people of Delta North will vote their own; it does not matter whether they are in PDP, APC or any other party because they know it is their turn. So there is no fear about APC causing any upset to the rotational governorship that everybody has come to accept in the state. They will surely vote for Okowa,” he said.

Obovreweri asserted: “In the interest of fairness and equity, it is proper that Delta North produce the next governor and that person is our own governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, who has actually done very well in terms of infrastructure. You can see that in Delta state, there is peace, people are happy; he has handled the issue of ethnic crises and attacks on oil installations. The people are at peace with him, he has commissioned projects in over 20 local government areas and before the end of this year, he would inaugurate more.”

He stated: “Recently in Burutu where the state government had not commissioned project before, his administration had done several kilometers of road in the swamp terrain, so it is a plus for this government.”

Making 2019 easier for PDP

The Speaker disclosed: “That is not why I am not surprised that the former Speaker, Rt Hon Victor Ochei and Prof Pat Utomi had made it abundantly clear that there was no going back on their stand that the right things should be done.”

“They know that the people of Delta North and even APC people in Delta North will not vote for APC with Ogboru as the governorship candidate because there is an unwritten power sharing system in the state. In fact, APC has made the task of PDP retaining its hold on Delta easier with the choice of Ogboru,” he said.

If Igbuya is an election rigger, it’s not our culture in PDP

Commenting on the claim by the immediate past Speaker, Rt Hon Monday Igbuya, who had defected from PDP to APC that Ogboru had won the previous governorship elections, but was rigged out by him and others then in PDP, he said: “Maybe that is his specialty, like in my area, we do not rig elections, and we are largely PDP in my area. I guess he did not win his own election to come to the House of Assembly, which is why he is saying so.”

“But I know that Governor Okowa won his election, he is somebody that the people loved and he went round to campaign.  My opinion is that he is just saying what he wants to    say, but I can tell you that Sapele constituency where he is from today, PDP is taking over the place and we will get more votes there in 2019 than what we got in 2015 because we are even more united there now after his exit.

“In fact, many people have come to PDP in his constituency and we are on top. Delta Central is assuring Delta North and Governor Okowa that we will not forsake them in 2019.    If we do not support Delta North in 2019, how can we tell them to support us in 2023? He said.

Hard work gave Atiku victory, Fayose should simmer down

Reacting to the threat by the outgoing governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, to leave PDP over Atiku Abubakar’s emergence as the party’s presidential flag-bearer, he said: “With due respect to the governor of Ekiti state, people all round the world, not only Nigeria applauded the primary as not just free and fair, but the most peaceful primary ever conducted by any political party in the country. “

“Alhaji Atiku    Abubakar won because he worked very hard, he has the capacity to deliver, so if Fayose is not happy, I do not have anything to say, it will be sorted out at the leadership level, so I appeal to our respected governor to calm down and continue to build the party for he is one of the builders,” he added.

 

Ibori with PDP body and soul

He paid lustrous compliment to the second civilian governor of the state, Chief James Ibori, saying: He is our national leader, Ibori is core PDP, people were saying so many things, but that is not true, he is with the governor, supporting the governor. I have full confidence that PDP is intact in the state.

Uduaghan ‘ll return to PDP

Responding to the insistence of former governor,    Uduaghan    that his new party, APC, would take over the state, next year,  he said: “With due respect to His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, I do not know how he is going to campaign against our party, the party that brought him to limelight and to where he is today. We are still one family, he went on leave to APC and I believe he will come back because all his family members are in PDP.”

“He may have his reasons for his action but at the appointed time, he will return, the leadership of the party spoke to him on his grievances and when you asked me whether I spoke to him or not, you see, when the leaders had spoken to him, there was nothing I could   tell him because I am the speaker.   My bosses have spoken to him and he did not listen,”

“I want to repeat that he will come back because it will be difficult for him to mount the podium to campaign against PDP. What will he tell the people?” He added.

I thank my people

The Speaker, one of the PDP lawmakers returned unopposed in the just concluded primaries by their constituents, said: “First of all, let me thank my people for deeming it fit to return me unopposed. I believe that they did that because they saw what I did for the last three and half years. I did a lot of empowerment, the best that had happened in my constituency and even Delta Central senatorial district up till date.”

“Secondly, the governor has performed in my constituency and other parts of the state, he has done very well. As we speak, my scholarship programme is running, we have given scholarship and bursary to students, indigenes and non indigenes in higher institutions. Indigene is 80 percent, non indigene- 20 percent. They looked at the things I have done and concluded that I have done well, that is why they returned me unopposed.”


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