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Gov poll: Urhobo, Isoko alliance threatens PDP

Posted: Apr 4, 2015 at 8:43 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi Correspondent, Asaba

DETERMINED to stop Senator Ifeanyi Okowa from Delta North Senatorial District otherwise known as Anioma, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate from winning the governorship election which holds next Saturday, Urhobos in Delta Central are said to have gone back to their political trenches strategising on how to get Deltans to cast their votes for the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, or Chief Great Ogboru, the candidate of Labour Party (LP).

The plan, which many  in the state have described as ‘unholy alliance’ is to lobby the Isoko in the Delta South Senatorial District, who are still bitter that the leadership of the PDP in the state did not consider one of their own as Okowa’s running mate, to cast their votes for an Urhobo.

The Urhobos, as represented by the leadership of the Urhobo Progressive Union (UPU), have not hidden their intention to see one of their own succeed the out-going governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.

Sources who refused their names in print said that pressure has been piled on Chief Ogboru to step down for Emerhor whose party, APC, has won the presidential election.

“And if Ogboru succumbs to the pressure and the Isoko agrees to cast their votes for APC instead of PDP which they voted overwhelmingly for last Saturday, it will be a straight fight between Okowa and Emerhor,” our sources said.

Saturday Independent gathered that at a meeting in Ughelli, two days before the presidential election, UPU had agreed to collapse its factions and resolved that if Gen Muhammed Buhari of APC wins, Ogboru would have to step down for Emerhor while he (Emerhor) would step down for Ogboru if Jonathan wins.

“It remains to be seen if Ogboru, who like Buhari has contested governorship election several times, will step down in the spirit of the agreement,” one of our sources who is a chieftain of PDP said.

Apart from the Urhobo/Isoko likely alignment, Accord Party (AP) candidates in Delta North are also said to be planning to defect to APC before Saturday’s election over what they described as  “the betrayal suffered in the hands of PDP during the last National Assembly election which AP alleged was rigged by PDP in favour of its candidates, despite the fact that AP had adopted   Okowa as its candidate.

However, a source in PDP Campaign Organisation in Asaba, told Saturday Independent on telephone that, “the good people of Delta Central will cast their votes again for PDP on Saturday like they did last week. So many rumours are flying around but we are not worried because we know that not only will the Urhobo vote for Okowa, they will vote for all PDP candidates; we have also locked down Delta North, Delta South is part and parcel of PDP.  So, for us, there is no shaking in Jesus name.”