By Ovie Bethel
Delta State known as “Big Heart of Nigeria” is a home of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-South geopolitical zone.
The state has remained a stronghold of the PDP since its formation in 1998 and continuously retained the power of the state from 1999 till date.
Delta State has contributed enormously to the growth and development of the Peoples Democratic Party in Nigeria and always worked for the party since the present democratic dispensation.
The politics that played out in 2006 towards the expiration of His Excellency Chief James Onanefe Ibori administration in 2007, orchestrated by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo robbed Delta State of the Vice Presidential slot due to Chief James Ibori pushed for resource control.
President Olusegun Obasanjo who was afraid of Chief Ibori then, thought making Chief Ibori Vice President to the Late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, will automatically make him take over from Yar’Adua as a president and pave way to the signing of the resource control in the Niger Delta Region.This was the reason he picked Dr. Goodluck Jonathan from Bayelsa State,instead of Chief Ibori with strong political network and powerful due to his contributions to human capital development in the region.
Delta State wasn’t considered as a result of Obasanjo hatred for “Odidigboigbo” and Bayelsa State GEJ was considered.
Today,the consideration of His Excellency Sen Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa for the Vice Presidential slot,is a compensation for the injustice done against the state far back 2006,in which Chief James Onanefe Ibori who was over qualified to be on the joint ticket with Late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in the 2007 Presidential election was robbed of the opportunity.
Hence,Okowa Vice Presidential slot is a product of correcting long time injustice done against Chief Ibori by President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Therefore,the victory is a win win for Chief James Onanefe Ibori,the beneficiary (His Excellency Sen Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa) ,the Peoples Democratic Party family who worked very hard in the state and Delta State in general.Chief Ibori and Gov Okowa have good relationship,social media people should stop painting wrong impression about our leaders.
Congratulations to Chief James Onanefe Ibori!
Congratulations to Gov. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa!!
Congratulations to PDP family Delta State!!!
Congratulations Delta State!!!!
Comr. Ovie Bethel
(Writes From Lagos)
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