By Temidayo Akinsuyi
Chief Sunny Onuesoke, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Delta State governorship aspirant, has reiterated that Delta Central 23 (DC-23) is created to project an Urhobo candidate for Delta State Governor in 2023 and not for the personal political ambition of Chief Ighoyota Amori.
He urged Deltans to disabuse their minds from rumour making the rounds that the National Chairman of the DC-23, Chief Amori is using the group to probably launder his political image of contesting for Senate in 2023.
Onuesoke stated that the belief in some circles that Amori is using the group for his own political ambition instead of that of Urhobo people has somehow affected the credibility of the group and reduction of members.
Speaking to a group of journalists in his country home at Agbarha-Otor, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, Onuesoke insisted that DC-23 has nothing to do with whatever political ambition Amori is nursing.
He stressed that it is created to sustain unity for the common good and for the actualisation of governorship slot, come 2023 under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the emergence of Governorship candidate from Delta Central Senatorial District.
He said: “DC-23 is neither a one-man show nor a political party. It is a pressure group within the PDP in Delta Central put together by prominent elders and leaders of Delta Central with a single objective of delivering on the governorship project in 2023.”
Tracing the history of the leadership position of Urhobo from the days of the Western Region House of Assembly to date, the PDP chieftain noted that DC-23 is a product of the desire of the Urhobo to use 2023 to also provide another unique leadership opportunity by way of producing the next governor.
He disclosed that the Group which has a genuine objective to ensure that a well-qualified personality of Urhobo extraction is presented as governorship candidate did not restrain their consultations and sensitization campaign within Central Senatorial District, but they have equally moved to Delta South Senatorial and Delta North Senatorial Districts.
“Besides moving round nooks and crannies of Delta state, the Group whose watchword is ‘Appeal’ intends going beyond Delta State, to Abuja and all parts of the Universe for the projection of Urhobo candidate.
“The Delta governorship seat has rotated along the following order: Chief James Ibori (Central; 1999-2007), Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan (South;2007-2015); and Dr Ifeanyi Okowa (North; 2015-2023).
“Upon the completion of Okowa’s two-term in 2023, it is expected that it would be Urhobo (Delta Central) turn to occupy the governorship seat in 2023 in line with the zoning principle,” he stated.
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