Lawmakers in Delta State House of Assembly have expressed delight that the Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Sheriff Francis Orohwedor Oborevwori made Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) list for the 2023 Governorship Election in the State.
Rt Hon Oborevwori won the May 25th, 2022 gubernatorial primaries held in the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, but has been facing legal battles since then.
But the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday, October 4th, published the name of the Delta State Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori as the State PDP Governorship Candidate and the name of Sir Monday Onyeme as his running mate, a development that has excited lawmakers in the State.
In his reaction, the Majority Leader of the House and member representing Isoko South Constituency 2, Hon Ferguson Onwo posited that; “We thank God for His benevolence, we prayed and ensure we get victory because Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori is a very popular candidate which showed in the margin of win with other contestants during the primaries. We think sincerely that by His Grace, if he wins in the Supreme Court, he will also win in the general elections”.
“I felt very very happy on Tuesday, October 4th, 2022 when his name was published by INEC. My phone almost busted for calls from constituents, Deltans, leaders, party faithful and others affirming their support for him and thanking the Judiciary for the judgment and also INEC for publishing his name among other Gubernatorial candidates for the 2023 general elections. We are very happy, we are excited. All Deltans are happy, we prayed and it was anticipated”, Hon Ferguson said.
The Majority Leader added that; “My message to Deltans is to keep on supporting the Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa administration and also pray for a seamless 2023 general election and of course they should continue to support our Gubernatorial Candidate, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori because of his mantra; Deltans Want MORE, Deltans Expect MORE, Deltans will get MORE”.
On his part, Hon Solomon Ighrakpata, the member representing Uvwie State Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly and the Deputy Chief Whip of the House, said that he was elated when the name of the Speaker was published by INEC as the State PDP Governorship Candidate in the state.
He said that; “First, I want to thank God Almighty for His Grace, His Favour. When I saw the list, I was so excited and I say Father we thank You because the Oborevwori’s project is God’s own project right from inception before, during and after the primary. The victory at the Court of Appeal was also God’s own project, so in all aspects of his aspirations you will see the Hand of God in it and it is a victory not for Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori alone but a victory for all Deltans. A victory for PDP and its followers because Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori is the leader Deltans are yearning for”.
“The shoe the State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa is leaving behind is a very big shoe and we need somebody that can fit into that big shoe and Deltans are saying yes, we have found the person in Rt. Hon. Sheriff Francis Orohwedor Oborevwori. That is why Deltans were so happy on Tuesday, October 4th, 2022, there was jubilation everywhere, it’s like a dream come true and by the special grace of God all other obstacles shall be surmounted very soon and we will fully concentrate in the elections proper”, Hon Ighrakpata said.
The Deputy Chief Whip of the Delta State House of Assembly seized the opportunity to appeal to all PDP members especially, leaders of the party to come together and identify with Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, saying that; “We are members of one family, the PDP. We have a Candidate and remains our candidate by the special grace of God. It is time for us to work together as a party to ensure victory for PDP Candidates come 2023”.
Also reacting, the member representing Warri South West State Constituency and House Committee Chairman on DESOPADEC, Hon Guwor Dennis Emomotimi stated that; “It is a welcome development most especially on the fact that there have been a long legal battle. The social media bickering, some persons have been misinformed to the fact that they didn’t know that the Speaker name had been submitted long ago by the PDP because it has the statutory right to submit his name as the Gubernatorial Candidate of PDP in Delta State and of course as people, we believe in fairness. Deltans actually gave the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori their mandate because Delta is more of a PDP state, PDP dominated state. He won the primary clearly and squarely. The Court has their duties to interpret our laws and what the Court of Appeal had done is to reaffirmed the mandate the people of Delta State gave to him”.
“INEC as a law abiding institution actually published the name of the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori as directed by the Court that he is the true PDP Gubernatorial Candidate. Publishing that name has put it to rest, that issue of misinformed people who have been saying that Delta PDP do not have Gubernatorial Candidate and for us in PDP, we have cause to celebrate because the opposition parties thought we do not have a Candidate but that is not the true and come May 29, 2023, the Speaker will be sworn in as Governor and Deltans will celebrate their Street General. I called him Street General because he has this street credibility, he is just like every other Deltan, he knows the pains of the people, he will consolidate on the areas that our wonderful Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has done.
He knows it all and he is definitely going to consolidate on the gains that we have achieved. The State PDP Governorship Candidate has excessive local content; he grew up in the street, he understands the street, he understands the people, he understands the pains of Deltans, he is going to do wonderfully well, I promise Deltans, I promise our people that he is not going to fail. He will definitely do well and Deltans will be happy for it”, the lawmaker added.
He also said that; “I was elated seeing it because of course for me, it is no new per say but it only reaffirmed that position I already had and feel definitely at the end of it all, the Speaker will come out victorious and what happened on Tuesday, October 4th, 2022 is a clear indication that we are victorious. The truth is that from my heart of hearts, I am happy seeing his name published alongside other candidates of other parties across the nation. Today they are singing another song saying let us wait for the Supreme Court judgment and again, they know the law and will do justice to it”.
“My message to Deltans is that they have a credible Candidate in the person of Rt Hon Sheriff Francis Orohwedor Oborevwori, he is a wonderful candidate, Deltans should work around him for he is going to deliver all that Deltans will use to move to the next level. He has promised Deltans MORE and that MORE is definitely coming to reality, so he is a credible candidate and come March 2023 Deltans should go out and vote massively for him, vote for PDP and of course I know Deltans and I trust Deltans that Delta State is PDP and PDP is Delta State. I encourage them to vote for him and I strongly believe that the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori will definitely deliver for Deltans and Deltans should trust him as their next Governor”, he stated.