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I didn’t sign deal with Omo Agege to truncate Ogboru governorship ambition–Okowa
By Barth Ozah
THE Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Ok¬¬owa has denied making any deal with the Dep¬uty Senate Presi¬dent, Senator Ovie Omo Agege in 2019 to tru¬ncate the chanc¬es of the All Progre-ssives Congress (APC) gover¬norship candid¬ate, Chief Great Ogb¬oru to bec¬ome the gover¬nor of the State.
The governor urged leaders of the All Progressive Congress and their fo¬¬llowers in Delta St¬a¬te to look inward and find internal so¬lutions to the pa¬rty¬’s abysmal perfo¬rman¬ce during the 2019 general election¬s, ra¬ther than reso¬rting to unverifiable alle¬gations and divisive politics.
Executive Assistant to the Governor on Communications, Dr Fr¬¬ed Latimore Oghenes¬i¬vbe, in a statement sa¬id the advice became necessary as a resu¬lt of false and unfo¬un¬ded allegations tren-ding on social media alleged to have be¬en sponsored by cert¬ain leaders and loya¬lists of the various factions of Delta APC.
Gov. Okowa condemned in strong terms, the unfounded allegati¬¬ons cooked up by so¬me leaders of the pa¬r¬ty to exonerate th¬em¬selves and factio¬ns from indictment and sanctions by the Pre-sidency, adding that the poor grassr¬oots and eligible voters’ mobilization we¬re responsible for the show of shame exh¬ibit¬ed by APC and some of its candidates in 2019.
He noted that “There can never be victory for any party or candidate that solely depended on federal might in an electio¬¬n, as was the case in Delta APC during the 2019 general ele¬c¬tions except for a few who worked very hard and won convin¬ci¬ngly.
“It is very unfair for APC party faithful and some of their leaders to link Gov Okowa, Chief James Ibori and PDP to their monumental failures at the polls in 20¬¬19, in the State.
“While the APC and its various factions were in Court, some leaders battling for legitimacy and swea¬¬ting it out to gain recognition of all kinds; Delta PDP und¬er Barrister Kingsley Esiso, went all out engaging eligible voters, emphasizing on the huge success of Okowa’s Smart Age¬n¬da, and it paid of¬f.
“More importantly, the Supreme Court in a recent verdict in favour of Gov Okowa and PDP, stated clea¬¬rly that Chief Ogbo¬ru and APC’s Appeal was a total ‘waste of time,’ and that the Appellants (Ogboru and APC) failed woe¬f¬ully to substantia¬te their claims that the 2019 governorsh¬ip election in the Sta¬te was not free, fair and transparent.
“It must be stated again and again in li¬¬ne with Supreme Cou¬rt Justices unanimous decision in favour of Gov Okowa and PD¬P, that the 2019 gov¬e¬rnorship elections was free, fair and transparent such that the APC and Chief Ogboru ought not to approach the Courts to challenge the land¬slide victory of the ruling party in the state and the incum¬bent platinum govern¬or.
“It will be recalled that some prominent Deltans and high ra¬¬nking traditional ru¬lers in the State pa¬ssionately appeal¬ed to Chief Ogboru and APC to humbly acc¬ept the clean victory of Gov Okowa and PDP; but all their su¬per¬ior counsel and words of wisdom were arr¬ogantly ignored and at the end of the da¬y, our royal fathers were vindicat¬ed by the awesome Su¬preme Court judgment in fa¬vour of the Responde¬nts.
It is on record that in 2019, APC gover¬¬norship campaign was very weak, it star¬t¬ed pretty late as a result of several in¬ternal petty squa¬bbl¬es and unfortuna¬te battle for legiti¬macy and supremacy by so¬me stakeholders in the trouble infe¬sted party. It must be no¬ted that this kind of scenario can¬not and will never produce victory at the poll¬s.
The Delta APC and its leaders must of a nec¬¬essity abstain from linking their failu¬r¬es to innocent Del¬ta¬ns and political act¬ors who never pl¬ayed any role in pro¬mpti¬ng the endless leade¬rship crises and pol¬itical debacl¬es in the opposition party; traced to her 2014 party congress in wh¬ich Prophet Jones Er¬ue emerged as State Party Chair¬man.