2019 is a foregone conclusion for Okowa says Amori
By Jon Egie
In spite of the glaring sufferings of Deltans which the opposition adduces to misgovernance by the PDP-led administration, Chief Ighoyota Amori has said that the return of Dr Ifeanyi Okowa as governor in 2019 is a foregone conclusion.
Amori made the declaration at the country home of Chief John Oguma who hosted the PDP in Delta Central in Ovwor-Olomu, to a luncheon, Friday, March 31.
Describing Oguma as a pace-setter, Amori said the purpose of convening the meeting was to ascertain if all was still well with the PDP in the senatorial district and from the huge attendance, he assessed that the party was still firmly in place.
Amori assured that the PDP will do better in 2019 than it did in 2015 stressing that for obvious reasons some members left and have returned adding that the leadership of the party in the State stood firmly behind the Markafi led faction of the PDP and hence urged all members to remain loyal in that direction.
“2019 is a foregone conclusion, Okowa is already returned as governor, 2023 is the turn of Urhobo to produce the governor of Delta State but to make 2023 work, we must support Okowa for 2019” Amori charged.
Earlier, Chief John Oguma paid glowing tribute to Chief James Ibori who, as a founding member of the PDP has shown great commitment to the growth of the party.
While calling for continued prayers for Ibori, he reiterated Ibori’s position on Okowa for 2019 governorship election and solicited unalloyed support for the cause.
Oguma discountenanced the claim of a parallel PDP in Delta pointing out that Barr Esiso remained the unshakeable chairman of the party in Delta State.
Others who called for loyalty and support for the PDP and the 2019 Okowa project were the Speaker of the DTHA, Rt Hon Monday Igbuya and the factional party chairman, Barr Esiso.
But speaking on behalf of the youths, Hon Gbenga James Avwomakpa called on the leadership of the PDP in Delta to make effort to influence the state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa to assuage the ravaging hunger in the state and protect the future of the youth so that they could continue to work for the PDP.
Chairman of the PDP in Delta Central, Chief Dr Patrick Fovie steered the meeting.
In a related development, the mighty men of the PDP in Delta on Saturday, April 1, gathered in Oteri-Ughelli to attend the 40th year anniversary of the death of late Mr William Agadioma, father of the SSG, Chief Festus Ovie Agas.
The event had in attendance: Gov Okowa and his wife, Chief James Ibori, Speaker of the DTHA, Rt Hon Monday Igbuya, the factional PDP Chairman, Barr Kingsley Esiso, Ighoyota Amori, various Commissioners, members of the DTHA, DESOPADEC Commissioners, Prof Sam Oyovbaire, Sen Edesiri Agwariavwodo among others.
The late Mr Agadioma who died at the age of 49 would have been 89 as the day of the anniversary celebration.
Critics questioned the relevance of the celebration at a time when Deltans could hardly afford three square meals a day. A source at the event who pleaded anonymity said the budget of the celebration could off- set three months salaries arrears of Ughelli North local government workers. The Chief Celebrant, the SSG, who was visibly evasive finally, dismissed the media who sought his audience saying, “you know I don’t grant interviews”. But analysts described the event as a show of strength of the
PDP ahead of 2019.