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2023: The Child Must Not Be Sacrificed On The Altar Of Selfishness



2023: Nomination Crises Hits 12 PDP State Chapters

By Sylvester Imonina Esq.

As 2023 beckons, people with diverse political interests and ambitions are doing all within their power to outsmart their perceived political opponents. On a daily basis, Nigerians are inundated with news of inter and intra party schemings by political warlords.

Intra and inter Party schemings are allowed in political settings; as same is seen by many as the oil that lubricates and shapes political Parties and democracy. However, such schemings become dangerous when it is laced with Macbethan ideology. That is, when a schemer becomes overly ambitious, like the “Macbeth of old”, democracy and those who are supposed to be the major beneficiaries are put at risk of being the major losers!

Presently in Delta PDP, some people who are supposed to be looked up to in the party have now constituted themselves into bulls in China shop. From their actions and inactions, their anthem is, what they cannot get, they destroy!

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The political climate from these set of people could be likened to the biblical story in 1st King 3: 16-28 wherein two women did lay claim to a child. While the heartless one demanded for the child to be cut into two parts, the actual mother of the child thought otherwise. The lesson from that story is the triumph of humanity over selfishness and wickedness.

Few months ago, there was Delta PDP gubernatorial primaries in which Rt. Hon. Sheriff Francis Oborevwori was overwhelmingly voted for. While Chief Oborevwori got about 590 votes, his closest rival, Chief David Edevbie got about 113 votes. The outcome of the contest was adjudged free, fair and credible by those who witnessed it.

The result of the contest was a true reflection of what majority of the people wanted. As a result of that, none of the contestants had the courage to challenge the outcome of the primaries on the ground of eligible votes cast at the gubernatorial primaries of the party.

As it is customary with most political desperados, Chief Edevbie went to court to challenge the overwhelming victory of Oborevwori on the ground of purported “name discrepancy”. The outcome of the Court case is in the public domain.

In line with the constitutional rights of Rt. Hon. Sheriff Francis Oborevwori, he immediately appealed the said judgement to the appellate court. As at today, the appeal has been entered and in line with the law, there is already an application for injunction at the lower Court.

It is therefore worrisome that instead of Chief Edevbie and his hallelujah boys to wait for the outcome of the pending appeal, they are busy harassing INEC to substitute Oborevwori’s name with Edevbie’s name in total disregard for what the law expects of litigants! Again, in connivance with members of the opposition, Chief Edevbie political hirelings are on a daily basis presiding over the subject of Oborevwori’s appeal on social media, newspapers and media houses for what ought to be a brotherly political disagreement. This has no doubt been taken to a dangerous level that has never happened in the political history of our dear State. What a desperation!

Without any air of equivocation, PDP gubernatorial delegates knew who they wanted ab-nitio. They never made mistake in chosing Rt. Hon. Sheriff Francis Oborevwori. The voice of the people is the voice of God, and nothing can change that.

Ordinary Deltans are tired of political distractions coming from Chief David Edevbie and his political and media hirelings. Deltans are aware that Oborevwori has a Masters Degree in Political Science. That could not have been without him having O, level result! They should know that Deltans are wiser than they think.

At this point in time, the best option for Chief Edevbie will be to go into political negotiations with Oborevwori for the good of himself, his followers, and majority of Deltans who desire the “MORE agenda” of Rt. Hon. Sheriff Francis Oborevwori. Leadership is not a do or die affair; Delta PDP Delegates have since spoken.


Sylvester Imonina, Esq.,
Writes from Ozoro Kingdom, Delta State


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