By Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe Esq
There is no gainsaying the fact that the humble, patriotic and Pan Delta Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, DTHA, and leading governorship aspirant, Rt Hon Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, JP, is pulling winning strings in the race, and working very hard to excel at the forthcoming party primaries this year of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He is indeed a political dynamite ready to blow off the tattered and dilapidated roof of his detractors cum political naysayers, as we navigate towards the gubernatorial party primaries in the state.
It is also crystal clear that Mr Speaker is causing sleepless nights in various political camps, which prompted the poorly planned and cheaply executed media onslaught against his bright beautiful skies and the high smooth altitude with which Oborevwori is cruising to grab PDP guber ticket.
I stated clearly in my previous articles and stories that all the aspirants are qualified and eligible to become governor, Mr Speaker is one of them and very outstanding for that matter. All aspirants should sell their manifestos to party faithfuls and delegates across board before primaries. Those directly or indirectly funding negative media propaganda against their opponents should stop and channel their resources and efforts towards grabbing PDP guber flag.
Among the active aspirants, Oborevwori is very popular, his moving force as well as political sagacity obviously is the major source of worry for some of his detractors who are working very hard to discredit him by any means possible. But we know the truth. Their efforts shall continue to hit the brick walls.
It is our collective responsibility to condemn any undue attacks on aspirsnts; because each and everyone of them is eligible to aspire for the number one position in the state. To blackmail a fellow aspirant is to say that you are not fit and proper for the highly esteemed office of governor of Delta State.
The fake news against Mr Speaker, is indeed laughable and very childish, to say the least. That one of the credible and generally accepted aspirant threw in the trowel sounds ridiculous. What kind of joke and media propaganda strategy was that? Whose idea was it, and from which political camp or family? I laughed when I read the tasteless piece, and it speedily attracted rain of tongue lashing on the mischief makers.
They cloned “Sheriff Believers” social media campaign identity to push the dead on arrival media nonsense. It bounced back like a stray bullet resting on a bullet proof armoured tank. It was shameful and irresponsible in all ramifications. The fake news further gave credence to the pedigree of Mr Speaker in this race.
The massive negative reactions from Deltans and indeed Nigerians clearly revealed that the “fake news” announcing Mr Speakers withdrawal from the 2023 governorship race was a poor script sponsored by some mediocre propagandists, recruited by a bunch of inexperienced and desperate idle minds, who out of fear of the rising popularity of Oborevwori decided to unwisely display their frustrations.
As the leader of DTHA, Hon Ferguson Onwo rightly posited, Speaker Oborevwori retains his positive highest rating as the most credible, popular, detribalised and responsible aspirant in the 2023 governorship race.
Hon Onwo, was quick to brush aside the fake news, and declared the total support of all Honourable members for Mr Speaker’s governorship ambition, and if you multiply the votes of delegates controlled by all House members, your guess will be as good as mine. This is one of the reasons Mr Speaker opponents are frustrated and destabilized politically.
Rt Hon Sheriff, is a man of few words, productive, results oriented, tactful, brave, selfless and a great philanthropist, whose leadership of the Legislative arm of government facilitated good governance; law and order, as well as passage of bills that helped tremendously to accelerate job and wealth creation for Deltans. His leadership brought sanity and unity to the business of the House while retaining the independent status of the legislature.
Oborevwori is a founding member of PDP, a bridge builder across multifaceted political families, and have enormous respect for all political leaders, past governors in the state, as well as the incumbent governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, whom Mr Speaker frequently referred to as his mentor in leadership.
He appears to be the best and most sort after, in the shortlisted three names of aspirants released by DC-23, in terms of leadership qualities, humility, patriotism, forthrightness, reliability, and obviously detribalised and dependable.
Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, is a tested and trusted Pan Deltan. He assured Deltans that he would provide responsible leadership, open door policy and transparent accountability if given the opportunity to serve as governor.
Mr Speaker is a man of the people and no media propaganda, fake news and misinformation can stop him from actualising his strong and genuine desires to fly PDP guber flag in 2023, to build on the numerous and laudable achievements of the platinum governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa.
Haven mentioned all these glowing attributes about Mr Speaker and other aspirants in the race, and those waiting for the right signal, it is very important to state that the direction of the governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, that will make all the difference and the swing of the political pendulum in this dispensation.
I am pretty sure governor Okowa, will soon hear from God and promptly disclose his able successor before PDP gubernatorial party primaries in the state.
Till then, shall continue to appreciate and pally with all the aspirants until governor Okowa, tells us who shall be his successor and we swing into action to deliver the crowned prince of Government House.
For now, no one can edge out Mr Speaker and other aspirants justling for the position of governor come 2023. Governor Okowa, assured all stakeholders and aspirants of free, fair and transparent primaries. They are the pride of Delta and we love them all.
Stronger Delta, Let’s Builder Together!
The Writer: Chief Fred Latimore Oghenedivbe Esq, JP, is a political Communication expert and Chairman, Coalition for Media Politics and Governance, CMPG. He is a lawyer, a member of the International Communication Association, ICA, and Editorial Board Chairman of NewsRazor-NG Incorporated.