By Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe Esq.
Power rotation which commenced in Delta State, in 1999, has become sacrosanct in view of the huge success so far recorded from the tenure of Chief James Onanefe Ibori (Delta Central) to Dr Emmanuel Iweta Uduaghan (Delta South) and to incumbent Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa (Delta North), respectively.
And in order to further consolidate on the power rotation agreement between the three senatorial districts known as the “Three Big Brothers,” a foremost Urhobo leader, former senator of the federal republic of Nigeria and President of Urhobo Political Forum (UPF), Chief Ighoyota Amori, has urged the good people of Urhobo ethnic nationality at home and abroad to unit and work very hard towards the inauguration of a credible and reliable Urhobo governor, come May 29 2023.
Amori made the call for peace and unity at an annual event of the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) in Philadelphia, United States of America, wherein he expressed the views of other Urhobo leaders to include; the need for massive support and partnership with Okowa administration for a Stronger Delta, abstain from character assassination of prominent sons and daughters of Urhobo Nation who shall in the future indicate their interests to run for the number one job in the state.
He noted that in 2015, Urhobo could not speak with one voice as a result of the unfortunate disunity among the rank and file of UPU which paved the way for unnecessary division and politicization of the apex Urhobo social cultural organisation, adding that such unprofitable scheming must never be allowed in the next dispensation so that Urhobo will select the best to fly the governorship flag in 2023.
Amori, an Urhobo patriot and chairman, Delta State Capital Development Agency, further asserted that Gov Okowa being an Urhobo friendly individual deserves the consistent support and partnership and urged them to come and invest in Delta State; so as to encourage the enviable good governance accomplishments of this administration.
Meanwhile, an illustrious Urhobo son and billionaire business mogul, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi who hails from Oginibu town in Ughelli South local government area of Delta State, has openly expressed his desire to run for the office of governor of Delta State, come 2023 general elections.
Gbagi, a lawyer and renowned criminologist, is one of the founding members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state and a staunch supporter of governor Okowa; as can be seen from his numerous political activism, statements and strong believe in the visionary leadership of the governor, whom he described severally as a God sent governor to build a new Delta of our dreams.
The former Education Minister under President Goodluck Jonathan is said to be a man of socioeconomic pedigree as reflected in his huge investments in leisure and hospitality industry as well as core security consultancy, real estate, oil and gas.
Gbagi, according to political analysts, has what it takes to turn the fortunes of the state around within a short period of time. Their choice of Gbagi is hinged on his sound background as a successful business tycoon with uncommon ideas accumulated over the years, as a young man who hawked petty wares early in life to a business mogul spanning nearly three decades without blemish.
However, there is another school of thought that believe strongly in the Ibori political might which may determine who becomes the next governor of Delta State in 2023. Fingers are pointed at Olorogun David Edevbie, a well known foot soldier of Chief Ibori. They say Edevbie has paid his dues as a dependable and reliable system musketeer.
Others are quick to say that Edevbie is not people friendly, displays “Oyinbo” lifestyle even though he is a titled chief of Urhobo. Their fears are hinged on the strict nature of Edevbie with the possible negative effect that he may not represent the Urhobo nation interest while others believe that performance and experience must be considered far and above premodial sentiments.
Also on the political radar for 2023, is the incumbent speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori and Works Commissioner, Chief James Augoye, both from the Urhobo Okpe axis.
Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Peter Mrakpor, Senator Emmanuel Aguariavwodo and Hon Efe Ofobruku have also been identified by political insiders as potential aspirants for the state plum job in 2023.
Whichever way the political pendulum swings, the battle ground shall be declared open by political parties and electoral umpires for all interested parties, and at the end of it all, the best and most popular candidate will emerge as the democratically elected governor from Delta Central in 2023.
In a related development, Senator Ighoyota Amori commended President Mohammadu Buhari, for appointing people of high integrity into the new board of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), especially the appointment of His Excellency Pius Odubu as Chairman, Olorogun Bernard Okumagba as Managing Director and Prophet Jones Erue as commissioner representing Delta State.
Amori described Buhari as an Urhobo friendly President as can be seen from the numerous appointments clinched by sons and daughters of Urhobo extraction at federal level; and urged him to sustain the temple so that the Niger Delta and Urhobo Nation that lays the “golden economic egg” can witness the desired accelerated socioeconomic and infrastructure development like never before.
Amori also commended the enviable role played by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo Agege, in ensuring that the right calibre of persons from the South South geopolitical zone made the list of the new board of NDDC, and charged him to always pursue and accomplish all that relates to the overall interest of the good people of the South South, the nation and Delta State in particular
He also praised the foresight of governor Okowa for not taking part in criticising the NDDC board appointments, adding that the governor have sufficiently demonstrated that the socioeconomic interest of the region and Delta State comes first and not unhealthy partisan consideration.
Amori said we must move away from bottleneck politics and go for socioeconomic benefit that positively affects the living conditions of our people in the 21st century.