Senate bye-election: Odibo warns against rigging
By Jon Egie
All possible candidates that will emerge from all parties eligible to contest the Senate bye-election in due time have been advised to fly clean.
Senatorial aspirant on the platform of the Democratic Peoples’ Party (DPP), Sir Richard Odibo gave the caution during a luncheon meet with media executives at his campaign HQs, Orugbo Plaza, Ovwian; Sunday, 8 Aug.
He warned the candidates that would emerge not to embark on campaign of calumny and mudslinging of their political rivals especially him, because if any one of them dares to “take on me they will not find it easy”.
He further called on the leadership of other political parties that would contest the election too caution their flag bearers to allow peace to reign in Urhobo land by observing democratic ethics and aborting any plan to rig the election because any attempt to rig the election will by highly resisted and discouraged.
“Let the best candidate win from a free and fair contest and let Urhobo have peace. We cannot toy with peace among our people. Whoever that is planning to rig must bury such a thought now. Whoever that is not ready to guarantee peace in Urhobo land should get out of the race. We will not tart down Urhobo because of politics. It did not happen in the days of my father and it will not happen on my watch. This is a firm promise”. Odibo warned.
The Senatorial hopeful said the Urhobo ethnic nation which predominates the Delta Central Senatorial District is presently saddled with a lot of problems ranging from being side lined and becoming a subject of ridicule in the comity of ethnic nations, to the issue of the closure of Delta Steel Complex (DSC).
He said his intention is to build bridges of friendship with other ethnic nations and to make effort to salvage the DSC that had the capacity to engage 4000 workers between 1982 and 1994, when he worked there stressing that one can only imagine the economic blow the closure of DSC has for the Urhobo nation now.
He commended the effort of the current leadership of the UPU to erode the negative impression that the Urhobo nation is at war with other ethnic nations saying that it is his intention to work along the track of the UPU, if elected Senator representing Delta Central since all the hues about Urhobo being at war with other ethnic nations is imaginary.
Reacting to a question on the position of the late Ewherido’s political family in relation to his political ambition and the lure of the APC, Sir Odibo said the APC has no structure in Delta State and that the Ewherido political family is in secret romance with him and his ambition.
On the chances of winning the DPP primary for the Senate bye-election, Sir Odibo saud he is one of the oldest members of the party right from the days of SSRC, and older in membership than Ede Dafenone but he quickly used the opportunity to deny that he has been anointed by the leader of the party, Chief Great Ogboru, as its flag bearer for the election.
“Democracy shall be allowed to take its course in the process of choosing a candidate for the Senate –bye election on the platform of the DPP” he reassured.