Delta 2023: Group flays Scholar’s comments on zoning
By Nosa Akenzua,
Ahead 2023 Governorship race in Delta State, a group, Delta United Front has berated comments credited to a PDP elderstatesman, Professor Sam Oyovbaire claiming that the Party has a zoning agreement principle in place.
In a statement signed by its Chairman, Chief Frank Emezor a copy made available to Orient Daily, said, “It’s against this backdrop that we consider as disturbing the apparent decision of the nascent Delta Central 2023 or DC-23 to act in breach of the country’s Constitution by attempting to gag or shut out other bonafide citizens of the state from aspiring and vying for the governorship position in 2023.
Ironically, major political players within the fold of the new DC-23 have all contested in all the gubernatorial primaries of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) since inception in 1999 to 2019. Therefore, it is surprising that what they preach now is contrary to what they did by contesting all the primaries of the party”
The statement further averred, ” while we do not question their individual right to aspire for the office of Governor of Delta State, we wish to appeal that leaders must always put the facts in their proper perspective in the interest of the party and the overall well-being of our dear State”.
Rising from a meeting the nascent group had few days ago in Asaba, the leaders maintained, “We warn members of the group, particularly governorship aspirants and stakeholders in Delta Central, never to accept Deputy Governorship cum 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.”
Specifically, the Delta United Front take exception to the statement credited to elder statesman, Prof. Oyovbaire, whereby he reportedly stated that there is a power rotation agreement of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), under which Delta Central Senatorial district handed over power to the Southern Senatorial district and the South, in turn, handed over to the Northern senatorial district. He went on to state that it was necessary, if not practically mandatory, for the Northern district to hand over to the Central.
Said the group, “This is erroneous and misleading. What necessity is he talking about? How seamless had the respective processes of transfer been under the so-called power rotation agreement?
So, it is only necessary that transparent Party primaries be emphasized and not the obvious and unwarranted threat to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the PDP. Delta South has remained the pride of the PDP since Chief James Ibori left power in 2007. The records are there; and, the district cannot perform less in 2023.
The group therefore clarified that aspirants from every zoen has always contested for the ticket of the ruling party in the State beginning from the time of James Ibori, to Uduaghan and even to the present Okowa administration.