The battle on who takes over the leadership of the Delta government house is now the main business of the politics of the state.
There have been reports of rift between former Governor James Ibori and incumbent Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on the choice of the latter’s successor.
There are also reports that Ibori’s alleged favourite, David Edevbie is not the favourite of the sitting governor. And the reasons are known to those in the corridors of power. He contested PDP primaries against zoning arrangement in 2014. He came second on the ballot box. It was a miracle for the governor to win.
Edevbie is Ibori’s favourite. But Okowa is reportedly unwilling to take that. And there have been cold war between the two leaders.
There have been pressures from different quarters on the governor to select a candidate. Only recently, during a church event, the governor said he should not be pressured on the choice of who takes over from him. He said he would allow God to direct his decision.
He said he wouldn’t want to make mistakes but he would allow God to lead him in the choice of who becomes the next governor. That statement, however, had pitched some persons against the governor in the state.
Many people faulted the governor’s statement. They view it as being the only one in the entire state who could choose the next governor for the state.
On Saturday, January 22, 2022, there will be a PDP mega rally in Asaba and it is believed that the governor will make pronouncement on his choice for 2023. There are many options available to choose from.
One of the best is Olorogun Barrister Kenneth Gbagi, the biggest investor and industrialist in the state, Olorogun David Edevbie, Sheriff Oborevwori, Speaker of State House of Assembly, James Augoye, Peter Mrakpor, George Orogun, Fred Majemite, Ovie Agas, Emmanuel Agwariavwodo, Ejaife Odebala, Abel Esievo and some others.
On Friday evening, a special photograph emerged online showing Ibori and Okowa and some persons emerging from Delta government house. The interpretation given to it is simple, they must have met to cement deal on who takes over from him, an action which may determine the governor’s pronouncement on Saturday.
A writer, Fejiro Oliver, posted on Facebook his interpretation of the meeting between the two men who must have met to take decision on the destiny of Deltans.
Fejiro posted thus:
“Even the way he walks signifies power.
“Sadly enough, the quiet walking man already has his candidate. God spoke to him about it early this year.
“The meeting tonight in Delta State government house is to fulfil all righteousness.”
Fejiro’s statement may mean that despite the meeting between Okowa and Ibori, the governor has his choice and no one can change his mind. Is Fejiro right? Saturday, January 22, 2022 will tell.