You are my people, I shall be honest, Obuh solicits support from Isoko
By Gospel Udo
It could be safe to say that in Delta State, any governorship aspirant that emerges as a candidate from the primaries under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, could start to prepare for his or her swearing in ceremony as the next Executive Governor of the State. This is because there is no tangible opposition in the State. The Democratic People’s Party, DPP, led by Great Ogboru, that played a little role of opposition, has merged with the Labour Party. But rather than strengthen it as an opposition, the merger has weakened the party’s support by the people (mostly from the Delta central Senatorial District).
This is because the people have become weary and frustrated of the consistent failures at elections and court cases by Ogboru, the leader of the Party. They now have a second thought about his ability to win any election at all.
Besides, Delta Central has become pretty tired of opposition politics which has been an ill wind in the past eight years. Delta State is absolutely a PDP State.
At the moment, there are over twenty governorship aspirants in the State with Delta North, leading with twelve, ten gentlemen and two ladies, Chief. Ngozi Olejeme and Dr. Esther Uduehi. The Central has eight persons, including the all-the-time contestant, Great Ogboru, while the South, according to analysts, has three persons.
Among the PDP aspirants, Tony Obuh, a retired Permanent Secretary in the State Civil Service, has since the announcement of his intentions to run, shocked most Deltans with his crowd pulling consultations across the State.
It is yet a season of consultation—this is being done by reaching out to party executive members in the 25 Local Government areas of the State, reaching out to traditional rulers, opinion leaders and notable persons in the society. The idea is to solicit for their support and urge them to inform others to do so.
The season of consultation is quite important in the race, especially as it is the first test of how prepared the aspirant is, who his followers are and their quality as well.
It is at this level of preparedness to govern and general acceptability that Tony Obuh stands out among the array of persons showing interest for the government House.
Moving very fast, Obuh completed visiting the 25 Local Government Areas Friday 26th, September, getting stronger as he progressed.
In most cases, with a convoy, stretching three kilometers and over sixty cars, Tony Obuh’s consultations revealed a clear general acceptance of his mission to become the next Governor of Delta State. This is because in all the Local Government Areas, most of the existing political leaders, such as elected members of the State House of Assembly, Commissioners and political appointees, did not only attend but made sure that the consultations went smoothly.
Obuh’s humble background as a teacher’s son, with quality education as well as his immense experience from 32 years of service has fine tuned him for the political terrain that he is now. He stated his world philosophy and how it has earned him a large number of friends and associates over the years. His mission and vision of Delta State, were properly articulated and presented to the people. He then concluded by urging the people to support him and carry the message to others.
According to Obuh, “I have always felt a strong and inseparable tie to my fellow humans irrespective of their place of origin, beliefs, sex or other characteristics. This is why I have a very wide circle of friends and acquaintances across the State and beyond”.
Within his career period, Obuh served in various management and leadership Positions, serving two State Governors as Director in various Departments and permanent Secretary in Government House, until his voluntary retirement. He offered himself to serve the State, promising to run an inclusive and responsive government, building upon the very strong foundation already laid by the State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.
For instance, at Ozoro, the Headquarters of Isoko North LGA, Obuh, facing a large crowd of supporters that gave him and his entourage a tumultuous welcome, said “I am overwhelmed by your acceptance of me. This is my place, you are my people. I seek your support. I shall be honest and serve you truthfully”.
As earlier pointed out, most of the leading politicians in the various LGAS identify themselves with Obuh’s project.
In Ozoro, those who were present include the member representing Isoko North in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Tim Owhefere, commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Development, Sir. Patrick Ferife, Hon. Joel Thomas Onowakpor, Chairman of the State Board of Internal Revenue and Vice Chairman, Isoko Advancement Network, IAN, of which Hon. Mike Ogwah, who was also present, is the Chairman worldwide. The SSG and political leader in