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DELTA 2023: Urhobo not only tribe in Delta Central – Ogbonna

….says Nwaoboshi no match for Okowa
By Oghenekaro Gabriel
A political group, Warri Consultative Forum (WCF), based in Warri, Delta State, has averse that Delta Central is not made up of the Urhobo alone as generally believed.

According to the Secretary of the group, Mr. Amechi Ogbonna,”Delta Central is not for Urhobos alone, we have the Itsekiris in the Senatorial district, in Sapele, Okpe, Ethiope East and West Udu and Uvwie Local Government Areas.”

He also described Senator Peter Nwabaoshi as no match to Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa in any political contest.

He described the Delta Central-2023 (DC-23), a lobby group set up by some Urhobo politicians to actualize power shift to Delta Central as an illegal body not known to law.

He said, “Okowa was factual in his statement that there was no written power zoning arrangement in the State, adding: “The main issue today is about 2023, we should recall that in 2015, PDP governorship primaries in Asaba, it was eleven Delta North, three Delta Central, and one Delta South candidates. The question is who zoned it?

“The three from Delta Central are Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, Ovie Omo-Agege, and David Edevbie; in Delta South was Elder Godday Orubebe, so where is the zoning? For me, I do not see anything wrong with Okowa’s statement when he said there was no written agreement on zoning, it is a matter of understanding.

“Since the creation of Delta State, Delta Central has been the most beneficiary of the Government House Asaba. Let us be sincere to ourselves, Delta State is made of three Senatorial districts- South, North, and Central.

“The Central has three Federal constituencies; Ughelli/Udu Federal constituency produced Olorogun Felix Ibru under the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP).

“Ethiope Federal constituency produced James Ibori, the only constituency that is yet to produce a Governor is Sapele Okpe and Uvwie Federal constituency. But in 2015, the three Senatorial districts contested for the ticket of the Governor under PDP.

“So where is the zoning arrangement, if there is because Delta Central’s three candidates – Omo-Agege, Edevbie, and Gbagi; Delta South’s Elder Godday Orubebe and Delta North’s Dr. Okowa and 10 others, styled 11, 3, 1 participated in the primaries, which Okowa won with the support of Okpe Sapele and Uvwie Federal constituency, Delta South and North,” he added.

Meanwhile, declined comments on APC, saying: “On APC, I cannot comment for now because the Party is good, but those who claim to be leaders of the Party feel the party is their property. For Great Ogboru, those who climbed through him always betray him.

“Some of those leaders in APC still believe in Oghara except Great Ogboru. Senator Nwaboshi is not a match to Governor Okowa.”

About Warri, he said, “we should ask a former Governor of the State what his landmark in Warri was? But for clarification purposes, Okowa tarred all roads in Warri before the Coronation of Ogiame Ikenwoli and the abandoned Ubeji Egbokodo road.”


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