Omo-Agege, 16 others for Delta Central senate election
- It will be a simple win for Omo-Agege—Chuks
- Oboro is 100% prepared for victory—-Appah
- SDP will take over Delta central—–Idawene
- ADC will win—–Ibebe
- Emerhor misses from list
By Jon Egie
Senator Ovie Om-Agege and 16 others will be contesting the Delta Central seat in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
A Release by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), signed by Mr Osunde O.E, the Electoral Officer of INEC in Ughelli indicated that 17 political parties featured candidates for the election.
Prominent among the candidates are the incumbent, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Hon Evelyn Oboro of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Alliance for Democratic Congress (ADC) also featured Ovie Ughwanogho and Hon Liegelord Keston Okoro respectively for the elections.
Three women among who are Hon Evelyn Oboro (PDP), Evang Mrs Onome Hephzibah (LP) and Stella Adjuya (MPN) boldly took the challenge while 13 other men are on their feet to flex political muscles with the incumbent, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.
All the parties are hopeful of significant performance at the polls.
The list did not; however, contain the name of Olorogun Emerhor O’tega whose supporters had boasted that he would be the candidate for the APC.
This reporter sought the level of preparedness and readiness by each of the political parties to deliver their candidates to victory during the election and all the political parties contacted were in high spirits and optimistic of success at the polls.
Mr Chuks Erhire who is the DG of Omo-Agege Campaign Organization and State Treasurer of the APC said the election will be a simple win for the incumbent, Senator Ovie Om-Agege.
According to him, winning an election especially for one who is an incumbent is dependent on his performance in office and Ovie Omo-Agege has performed creditably well to the satisfaction of the Urhobo people.
“He has given Urhobo nation a voice at the national level of politics in a way that has not been done before. He attracted various projects which have been executed and completed to the benefit of his constituents. He brought Urhobo nation to national political limelight and his best is yet to come as he would do better when he is given the mandate for a second term.”
He said Senator Ovie Omo-Agege’s representation at the Senate of the FRN is tangibly felt by the grassroots especially in his daily desire to put smiles on the faces of his constituents.
“Only last week Senator Ovie Omo-Agege sent a team to make donation of relief materials and food items to flood victims in Ughelli South and the donation is continuing to all persons internally displaced by the flood across Urhobo land. A team was also dispatched to commiserate with the Udu people over the loss of one of their own.
“Omo-Agege feels the pulse of his constituents and the people are satisfied with his representation and desire that he be returned to the Red Chambers to continue the good works.
“For us, we are very comfortable with Senator Omo-Agege’ performance in the senate and the Urhobo people who know how to appreciate good performance are ready to give him the mandate again and that is why we are confident that Agege will have no problem returning to the Red Chambers.”
Asked to comment on Olorogun Emerhor O’tega whose name missed from the list, Mr Chuks Erhire said “nobody expected Emerhor to feature in the list of candidates for the senate election particularly from the APC.
He said what Amerhor did on the eve of the APC primaries across the country was an affront to the party.
“You will recall that the senate primary election was postponed by a day and incidentally, the postponed day was the day Emerhor organized a parallel primary election which had not the approval of the APC national leadership, so, he could never be a candidate of the party”.
Probed further if the party had reconciled with him, he said Emerhor is an adult who could make the right decision that could be beneficial to himself and hoped that he would eventually realize himself and support the APC to root out the PDP that has brought immense hardship to the length and breadth of Delta state.
Again asked if the PDP candidate, Hon Evelyn Oboro was a threat to the re-election of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Chuks Erhire said, “ Not in any way” does Oboro constitute a threat to Omo-Agege.
“Urhobo will not send their second and third eleven to the senate and Oboro is in that category while Omo-Agege is the best candidate for now to represent the Urhobo people. Nobody gives what he has not and Oboro does not have what it takes to represent Urhobo in the senate of the FRN.
“We have no fear at all and you realize that PDP is dying in Delta state because there is no way you can deliberately impoverish the people and expect them to reward you with their votes. They cannot hoodwink the people this time around because our people will vote their conscience so that the APC through Chief Great Ogboru as governor, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for Delta central and Revd Francis Waive as Member of the House of Reps, will bring succor and development to the people that had been exposed to undue and untold hardship by deliberate acts of criminal negligence and abandonment of development projects by the PDP.” He said.
But Rt Hon Sunday Appah, the Media Coordinator for Hon Evelyn Oboro’s campaign team said that the PDP and Oboro team were 100 per cent prepared for victory.
He assured that the Urhobo people love Hon Oboro and they were ready to vote for her because of her track record of performance as their representative in the House of Reps.
“Right now, the people want to try a woman because you know the limitless possibilities of a woman in bringing home spoils that are difficult for men to grab and too, because the constituents are very accessible to her. So we are confident of victory at the elections next year” Appah assured.
Others who are expecting to win the senate election are the SDP and ADC.
Delta state chairman of the SDP, Amb Oke Idawene when asked to comment on the readiness of the party to deliver its candidate said, “We are ready and we are winning to take over Delta central.
“I say so because of the party’s commitment, readiness and because the candidate we are presenting is sellable and has the wherewithal to win.”
On his part, Chairman of the ADC in Ughelli North LGA, Mr Rufus Ibebe said the chances of the ADC candidate winning the senate election are very high because they were engaging strategies that would endear the electorate to the party before the elections.
“We are commencing empowerment of the people before the elections and when we win it is going to be continuity of such empowerment. We believe that when the people see what we are doing for them they would vote for us” Ibebe enthused.