By Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe Esq
Chief Great Ogboru, Chairman/Managing Director of the heavily indebted and about to be liquidated Fiogret Fishing Company; is the controversial governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State; a man reputed for consistent failures in business and gubernatorial elections.
Of a truth, Ogboru is a sad man for many reasons as 2019 general elections becomes a reality, as can be seen from multifaceted political alignments and re-alignments; in the face of doubts that President Muhammudu Buhari may ruthlessly rig elections at various levels to pave way for the final islamization of Nigeria.
Delta State since 1999, has been a PDP stronghold, a solid foundation laid by former governor of the state, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, who Deltans refers to as the “Odidigboigbo” of Delta politics and general leader of the vibrant PDP political family in the state.
In the light of the above, Ogboru who referred to President Buhari as a non-issue in the presidential race in 2015; decided to hurriedly and fraudulently pitched tent with Olorogun Otega Emerhor, with the sole aim of hijacking APC Delta, and use federal might through rigging in 2019.
Here we are, Ogboru and Senator Ovie Omo Agree the mace runner, succeeded in partially cramping Emerhor’s leadership, deployed black propaganda tools against the Evwreni seasoned banker and politician to coast away with the party’s 2019 governorship ticket.
The two factions of Delta APC are in court, engrossed in a do or die legal battle that may finally knock out Ogboru from partisan politics. Legal minds are quick to say that it was the Emerhor led Delta APC state exco that voted during APC National Convention in Abuja, and that it poses lots of legal lacuna for Adams Oshiomole to quash an exco that was legally sworn into office by his predecessor, Chief John Oyegun
It follows that the radical and insensitive Oshiomole’s regime, which hitherto pierced the heart of the APC, leading to massive bleeding from top to bottom occasioning governors of the APC deliberately disassociating themselves from President Bihari’s kangaroo campaign council, gave Ogboru nightmares and depression.
The last straw that broke the camel’s back for Ogboru was when on Thursday 10th January 2019, royal fathers in Isoko nation endorsed governor Okowa for 2019 re-election to complete the mandatory 8 years Delta North tenure.
Reliable sources confirmed that Ogboru broke down in tears and wailed “It is finished, no show for me this year, but I will contest again in 2023 under any political party.”
It is no longer news that royal fathers in Urhobo and Anioma nations were the first and second in that order to endorse Gov Okowa for re-election; as strategically propelled and coordinated by Chief Ibori, who said that the world will be a better place if equity and good conscience takes priority in our national life as Nigerians and Deltans.
Ibori while endorsing Gov Okowa for a second tenure in 2017, rightly opined that it is only fair and just for Gov Okowa to complete Delta North two tenure of 8 years; so as to conclude the first phase of power rotation agreement between three brothers; Delta North, Central and South, respectively.
At the 2019 governorship campaign flag off in Oghara, Ethiope West, the political capital of Delta State, Gov Okowa made it clear that the three brothers as captured in Ibori’s postulations must be allowed to remain one indivisible entity, united for peace, prosperity and oneness of purpose.
Ogboru’s hope in Isoko nation has been crashed by the endorsement of Gov Okowa by royal fathers in Delta Central, North and South. Rigging of the governorship election in Delta State, through federal might in 2019, can never see the light of day.
Fellow Deltans,this is the sad story which Ogboru has graciously accepted with no other choice till another gubernatorial election in 2023