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Published On: Thu, Apr 6th, 2017

Delta 2019: Umukoro Advises Ogboru To Produce A Candidate For Governor



LAGOS APRIL 6TH (URHOBOTODAY)-A public affairs analyst, Mr Irikefe Umukoro has called on Chief Great Ogboru, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to put his personal ambition aside and support a credible candidate from Delta North come 2019, in order to end the reign of Ibori dynasty in Delta state that has ruled the state since 1999.
He noted that with the concept of power rotation which has been entrenched in Delta State political equation, it will be impossible for Ogboru to defeat the incumbent Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who is from Delta North
“Power rotation gives Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, whom Ibori has endorsed for second term, huge electoral advantage in a race against Ogboru. And Ibori would rely on it to carry Okowa over the finish line ahead of Ogboru.”, he said.
Umukoro said 2019 provides Ogboru a unique and historical opportunity to dislodge the Ibori political dynasty which has been ruling the state since 1999, stressing that he can only do this if he acts as a Kingmaker.
Umukoro reckoned that with PDP loss of federal might, there is no better chance for Ogboru to secure his first electoral victory at the polls against Ibori, adding that the only way Ogboru can triumph over Ibori and shape a better future for Delta is for him to throw his weight behind a candidate from Delta North.
“2019 is a chance for Ogboru to correct the mistakes of the past, end the losing stream against Ibori and finally put to end the reign of Ibori’s infamous political family. I hope he takes this opportunity by doing what is good for Delta and not contest this time around.”
Umukoro said that , “it would be a costly mistake to ignore the clamour for Delta North to complete its two terms and warned APC efforts to capture Delta state in 2019 would be doomed if they nominate a candidate who is not from Delta North.”, stressing that Ibori knows that an Urhobo candidate won’t fly in 2019 and he is banking on progressives to make the mistake of ignoring the principle of zoning and power rotation as practised by PDP in the state
He therefore urged Ogboru, to become a Delta Tinubu, who led a delegation to General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) to ask him to contest and later put aside his personal ambition to be Vice President and delivered his South West base to a fellow progressive, Buhari in the 2015 presidential election.
“It’s not out of character for a general to beat a retreat and recalibrate rather than suffer a humiliating disaster at the hands of his enemies.” he added.

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  1. fabio omolu says:

    So who do you think that can champion such course apart from chief Great Ogboru. All he needs is your support and nothing else , he will take us there. If you think Chief James Ibori will be an obstacle then you people should please meet and resolve with him. I’m not saying he is the only one in Delta state, there is something in him. The present president has tried several times also, but where is he today. Urhobo should give this a thought. Tnx peace loving Deta.

  2. Mr Irikefe Umukoro should shut off the ballyhoo of power rotation of the PDP. In the first place, when and where did the representatives from the three senatorial district met on bipartisan , discussed and agreed on power rotation if not the idea of the ex -convict who milked the state coffer dried and imposed his cousin as czar of Delta State for a cover up for his looting track. Who in the Delta North in APC that can undo Okowa? Is’t Mr. Victor ochei? Or name that person. Is Mr Ochei not part of the rot in Delta with Ibori and Uduaghan? Chief Great Ogboru has fought a good fight and many of his cases are part of what prompted the electoral reforms that give birth to newly signed in electronic voting process by senate. Delta State PDP has never worn a free and fare elections before and cannot now win under electronic voting process. With this new rule of Electronic voting, let us see who can deliver Delta State to their party between Ogboru or Ibori. Chief Ogboru is only one who deliver the three senatorial district for APC. Delta central is a sure banker for him, and can also split up the block vote from Okowa in Delta North through his maternal linkage. Delta south will vote him, the Isokos, Isekhiris will also vote him and will able to split the vote coming from the Ijaws local government where the current Deputy Governor came from due to his marital linkage. The PDP knows that they are in for a big trouble if APC decided field the people general as their flag bearer come 2019 and that is why this piece to discourage Ogboru. Chief Ogboru ,I am talking to you, sleep with one eye closed and other open, be aware of those PDP bandwagon decampees like Akpeki who are Ibori apologist whom the PDP might use to truncate your candidature of APC Delta State governorship flag bearer. Chief should also have plan B to fly the governorship flag of any other party if peradventure APC failed to give him their governorship nomination. Thanks

  3. U Said It All Daniel.I Stand With Ogboru

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