All Deltans across the three senatorial districts and 25 local government areas of the state are anxiously preparing for March 18, the date for the rescheduled governorship and state house of assembly elections. It is surely going to be a historic day for all Deltans as a new governor who will takeover from Senator Ifeanyi Okowa will emerge from popular votes.
There are about eight major political parties that are fielding candidates for the historic governorship poll. The ruling People’s Democratic Party PDP is fielding Sheriff Oborevwori, All Progressives Congress APC Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the Social Democratic Party SDP Olorogun Barrister Kenneth Gbagi, Ken Pela of the Labour Party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA Great Ovedje Ogboru, New Nigeria People’s Party NNPP Goodnews Agbi while Young People’s Party YPP is fielding Sunny Ofehe.
While the eight political parties and candidates have their areas of strength and weaknesses, the PDP still remains the largest and most formidable party in the state. It is the beautiful bride that prides some of the most formidable and finest personalities in the state. Though some feeble minded members have defected from the party, the PDP still remains the reigning party in Delta state.
It must be stated that no political party has the structure the PDP has in Delta. Across the 25 local government areas of the state, the PDP has men who are working assiduously for the party to win the forthcoming governorship election. Despite the noise being made by the APC and its candidate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and his boys, the die is certainly going to be cast in favour of the state ruling party.
Some persons may assume that what happened at the presidential election that took Deltans by storm might happen again, certainly that is a very wrong assumption. While it is true that some PDP youths voted for the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, in the last election, many of the PDP youths vowed to return to the state and vote for the PDP whose candidate remains Sheriff Oborevwori.
The Obidient movement comprises all Deltans and Nigerians who crave for good governance, undermining party affiliation. Many of the youths and civil servants have vowed to vote for Oborevwori to take over from Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. A civil servant from the office of the head of service told this reporter that a sympathy vote will be given to Oborevwori for him to win the election.
The reason, according to the civil servant, is that no other person is showing interest in governance as Sheriff Oborevwori. This is even as a massive rejection move is being launched against the candidate of the APC, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. The rejection stems from the allegation that some of his Igbe team members have alleged that a shrine will be built inside the government house should he eventually emerge winner of the poll.
While this allegation still remains unverifiable, many Christians in the state are unwilling to allow such to happen in Delta state. Again, the battle between the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and the Omo-Agege camp is a scandal that may have pitched the APC candidate against the Pentecostal community in the state. One of Omo-Agege’s aide, one Fejiro Oliver, made a Facebook post where he poured bile on the PFN state chairman, Bishop Kingsley Enakirheri.
Again, Deltans are unhappy over how the national ruling party with its candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, reportedly snatched the victory of the supposed winner of the election, Peter Obi. Beside that, Deltans have series of issues against the APC, arising from the sufferings Nigerians and the people of Delta have been going through over the years.
These are some of the reasons why you should vote for the PDP’s Sheriff Oborevwori in the he coming Saturday’s governorship election. Oborevwori has the following and good programmes for the good people of Delta state. Other parties in the state have no stake in the election as it is between the APC and the PDP candidates. These are the two parties that will slug it out at the polls on Saturday. But with the hurdles on the way of the APC candidate, the PDP candidate definitely will emerge victorious.