By Ovasa Ogaga,
Ahead of Delta 2023 governorship election, a chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State a former Minister of Agriculture and Defence, Chief (Dr.) Chris Agbobu has said that it will be ungodly to tell Delta Central Senatorial District to allow Delta South Senatorial District or Delta North Senatorial to go for governor come 2023 after waiting 16 years.
Chief Agbobu stated this when leaders and members of the Delta Central 2023 (DC-23) lobby group paid a consultative visit to leaders and stakeholders of the PDP in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State at Ogwashi-Uku on Monday.
He, however, added that they will only accept, support and work for any governorship aspirant of Delta Central extraction if Governor Ifeanyi Okowa directed them to do so.
He urged the former governor, Chief James Ibori, immediate past governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and the present governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa to call for stakeholders’ meetings that will midwife a written and signed agreement for zoning on senatorial districts order as they will no longer tolerate gentleman agreement.
According to him, “we want a properly documented agreement by a majority of the people so that the issue of gentleman agreement will be put to rest.
“Whether it was by coincidence, Delta central has waited for 16 years, it will be ungodly to tell them to wait for south or north to go for governor. But they must discipline their children to accept zoning.
“When the time comes, anybody Governor Ifeanyi Okowa brings from central, we will follow. Okowa will speak for us because on Okowa we stand”, he added.
Earlier, National Chairman of Delta Central 2023 (DC-23), Senator (Chief) Ighoyota Amori in his speech, stated that DC-23 is a lobby group made up of card-carrying members of the PDP in Delta Central Senatorial District to lobby for the governorship seat to rotate to the Central come 2023.
He noted that the DC-23 is not different from G-3 of Delta South Senatorial District that was formed to drive the process of election of the immediate past governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and 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 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 few others, hence the appeal for us to maintain the zoning arrangement on senatorial districts line”.
“We want to establish a sustainable system 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 added.
He appealed to the political leaders of Aniocha South Local Government Area to support the DC-23 push for zoning arrangement on senatorial districts line to enable the PDP rule beyond 2023.
He pointed out that the DC-23 is not lobbying or campaigning for any aspirant but to ensure that the governorship seat moves to Delta Central Senatorial District in 2023.
Those that received DC-23 leaders and members include Chief (Dr.) Chris Agbobu, Chief Isaac Anwuzia, Hon. Evang. Joan Onyemaechi, Hon. Evang. Jude Chukwuwike, Hon. Dr. Emmanuel Sorokwu, Hon. Dr. Tony Nwaka, Arch. Kester Ifeadi, Chief Zeline Ojeogwu, Hon. Mike Okwufuleze, Hon. Chief Joe Adigwe, Hon. Chief Anderson Mekoma, Chief A. C. Okocha, Ms. Lilian Okolie
Top among leaders and members of DC-23 that went for the visit include Chief Ighoyota Amori, Hon. Reuben Izeze, 1st National Vice Chairman, Chief Suru Salami, 2nd National Vice Chairman, Dr. Chris Oharisi, Olorogun Taleb Tebite, National Financial Secretary, National Secretary, Olorogun Barr Arthur Akpowowo, National Publicity Secretary, Chief Christian Onogba, Assistant National Organizing Secretary, Hon (Chief) Sunday Apah, Assistant National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Godwin Atose, National Organizing Secretary, Hon. Festus Pemu, Assistant National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Austin Opubor, National Welfare Officer and Hon. Elohor Urhobe, Assistant National Women Leader, and many others.