by Andrew Ikehi
As the 2015 political whistle gathers momentum, a socio-political group in Delta State, ‘Oghara Political Class’ says it will honour and respect the zoning arrangement of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state that Delta North Senatorial District should produce the next Governor, come 2015.
Rising from an enlarged meeting held at the Chief James Ibori Civic Centre, Oghara the group said that it was ready to throw its weight behind any gubernatorial candidate from either the Ika or Ndokwa extraction of Delta North as agreed by the Party.
Addressaing the group during the well attended meeting, the convener of the meeting and Commissioner for Transport in the state, Hon. Benson Igbakpa said that the meeting and message which according to him was crucial at the moment, was from ‘higher political authority’.
The authority according to the transport Commissioner has ureged Deltans, particularly the political to respect the political arrangement/agreement and ensure that they were not misled into betraying the ‘gentleman arrangement’.
Igbakpa said that it was important for the people to be well guarded in order for them to avoid what he described as ‘making costly political mistakes’, just as he noted that the area must be a strong partaker in ensuring that power returns to Delta North.
He therefore enjoined the people in the area to exercise caution while receiving and enteraining Governorship aspirants, adding that “in the making of a governor, several interests were usually considered”.
Also, the State Deputy Chaiman of the PDP, Chief Emmanue;l Ighomena, an indigene of Oghara,while saying that party decision is always supreme in any democratic dispensation, said that the message from the convener of the meeting as directed, has been received , adding that the general interest of the people must subsist.
The transition Committee Chairman, Ethiope West local government area of the state, Mr. Precious Ajaino urged the People to remain united stressing that the area remain a PDP stronghold, just as he commended the party leadership for giving them a direction.
Among party leaders that attended the meeting was the commissioner representing Ethiope West, Sapele and Okpe on the board of DESOPADEC, Dr. Henry Ofa, and former commissioner in the state, Chief Champion Leptege, among others.