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Published On: Sat, Dec 6th, 2014

Delta 2015: Uduaghan, PDP Elders May Cede Governorship to Urhobos


LAGOS DECEMBER 6TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The ambition of Delta North Senatorial District, peopled by the Aniomas, to produce the next governor of Delta State in 2015 may be heading for the rocks.
And the tribe that may benefit from the loss of the Aniomas will be the Urhobos.
This development followed bickering, political blackmail and arm-twisting by the Aniomas, which has divided politicians seeking the governorship slot from district.

As at the last count, more than 20 aspirants of Delta North Senatorial District origin have bought and submitted the governorship nomination forms of the Peoples Democratic Party, the preferred political party in the state.
Out of the huge number of aspirants, none is willing to step down.
Several meetings held to pick a consensus candidate have failed.
It was learnt that some aspirants have now resorted to blackmails and political witch-hunting, a situation that has caused tension in the state and further divided the PDP.
Sir Anthony Obuh, a former Permanent Secretary; Senator Ifeanyi Okowa; a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Victor Ochei; and Hon. Ndudi Elumelu are the leading lights in the governorship race from Delta North Senatorial District.
Okowa and Ochei are allegedly linked in the blackmail plots to undo other candidates.
Ochei and Okowa have been fingered to be parading fake results of the last House of Assembly primaries.
Their candidates for the state House of Assembly primaries lost.
Sources said if the challenges associated with the emergence of a governorship candidate for the PDP from the Delta North Senatorial District are not resolved before Monday when the governorship primaries of the PDP will hold, the state Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, and other elders of the party may be forced to look in other directions.
A source within the PDP said: “We cannot keep tolerating the division and the kind of politics being played by the Anioma people.
“It is not healthy for Delta and it is not healthy for the polity.
“If they don’t fix their issues, we will prevail on Uduaghan to look elsewhere.”
On which zone may profit from the inability of Delta North Senatorial District to put its house in order, the source said: “Urhobos off course.
“They are more politically organized than us.”

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