Delta 2023: DC-23 to begin state-wide consultation soon, adopts guidelines for its operation

…Warn members not to accept deputy governorship offer

By Ovasa Ogaga,

Convener of DC-23, a political pressure group under the Peoples Democratic Party platform, Chief Ighoyoya Amori, said the group will soon launch out on a state-wide political consultation to Delta North and South senatorial districts; to drum up support for the DC-23 agenda.

He stated this on Thursday, during a meeting held at the private residence Asaba, where the group adopted the guidelines for the conduct of the internal affairs of a political pressure group (DC-23).

Chief Amori, Political Adviser to the National Chairman of PDP, also urged members and stakeholders to do whatever it takes to win the support of political leaders and stakeholders in Delta North and Delta South, so as to work as one indivisible PDP political family in 2023 and beyond.

He also warned members of the group, particularly governorship aspirants and stakeholders in Delta Central, not to accept Deputy Governorship or Running Mate offer, so as to effectively drive the desire of the senatorial district to a logical conclusion in her quest to produce the party’s governorship candidate in 2023 gubernatorial election.

Chairman of the DC-23 constitution drafting committee and former Attorney General of Delta State, Chief Andrew Orugbo, presenting it to the Convener of DC-23, Chief Ighoyoya Amori during their meeting held at Asaba.

Speaking also at the well-attended stakeholders meeting, former Minister of Information, Prof Sam Oyovbaire, noted that DC-23 is gaining ground and gathering required momentum in terms of attendance of members and the strong collective desire to produce a PDP governor in 2023.

Oyovbaire recalled that in 2007 Delta Central handed over power to Delta South and in 2015, Delta South handed over power to Delta North and that equity and good conscience should be sustained in that order, which is why Delta North must of a necessity hand over power to Delta Central in compliance with the power rotation agreement of PDP in the state.

He advised members not to play the second fiddle by accepting governorship running mate position; so as not to give the wrong impression that Delta senatorial district is divided in her desire to produce the party’s governorship candidate in the next gubernatorial election in the state.

He added that desperate political actors will certainly deploy “divide and rule” tactics in the pursuit of their governorship ambition and that such divisive political scheming must be resisted by DC-23 aspirants, members, and stakeholders.

The meeting resolved that DC-23 will not support the ambition of a particular aspirant, this they say is to enable all contestants to freely pursue their aspirations to a logical conclusion, but that individual aspirant within Delta Central should endeavour to inform the state governor and DC-23 group of their aspiration.

Noting that as must, such aspirant should meet the requirements as individuals to run for the office of the governor of Delta State, and as contained in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended.

It was also agreed that the next meeting of the group shall hold within the next 14 days to inaugurate committees and subcommittees; to kick start political events of DC-23, considering the fact that party primaries may hold in 2022, as a propelling force for electioneering campaigns into general elections in 2023.

The highlight of the meeting was the adoption of DC-23 guidelines, also known as the constitution, as well as the group political slogan; “DC-23 for PDP Governor, PDP Governor, DC-23.”

Prominent political leaders and stakeholders at the meeting include; the Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, convener, Chief Ighoyoya Amori, former Minister of Information, Prof Sam Oyovbaire, former Secretary to Delta State Government, Rt Hon Festus Ovie Agas, former Director-General of DLA, Chief Terry Noah, former Senator representing Delta Central, Senator Agwariavwodo, Chief of Staff, Government House, Olorogun David Edevbie, former members representing Ethiope Federal Constituency, Okakuro Sunny Akpodiogaga Sunny Emeyese, and Okakuro Lovett Idisi.

Also in attendance are; former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Andrew Orugbo, former Commissioner for Lands, Olorogun Fred Majemite, former Commissioner for Economic Planning, Chief George Orogun, Commissioner for Urban Renewal, Okakuro Arthur Akpowowo, Commissioner for Environment, Chief Chris Onogba, former member DTHA. Hon Ejaife Odebala, former member DTHA/SPAD, Chief Efe Ofobruku, Commissioner for Science and Technology, Hon Mathew Itsekiri, former Chairmen, Ethiope East LGA, Dr. Amos Ighorodje, Okakuro Tony Oboroh, and Chief Mrs Faith Majemite.

Others include; Executive Assistant on Communication to the Governor, Chief Barr Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe, Hon Raymomd Edejala, Hon Philo Ededey, Representative of a former member of House of Representatives, Hon Evelyn Oboro, and others too numerous to mention here, from the eight local government areas that constitute Delta Central Senatorial District.

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