Onduku disclose this on Friday at Ayakoromo during a meeting with over fifty (50) members and supporters of the main opposition party of the state, APC who are preparing to decamped to PDP, urged the rulling party to look beyond ethnic line and make wise decision in selecting its flag bearer, emphasizing that they have a strong opposition candidate to contend with in the 2023 Delta gubernatorial election.
Onduku reiterated that though Delta is PDP state but that does not mean the party should undermine the strength and capacity of the Deputy Senate President’s candidature, saying Sen. Ovie Omo-agege’s developmental stride in Delta Central in particular, and Delta State at large is visible and all embracing, hence the easiest way to overun him at the poll is for PDP to file in ljaw candidate among the three ljaw illustrious sons vying for governor.
In buttressing his points, Onduku stated that based on assessing their track records in government over the years, all the Urhobo aspirants vying for governor in Delta Central from PDP cannot match their APC counterpart, Senator Omo-agege in terms of attracting impactful as well as people oriented infrastructural development to the grassroot.
Then followed by the factor of the controversy between the former Governor, Chief. James lbori Edevbie interest against that of the inccubent Governor, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa’s interest Sheriff. If paradventure any of the above conflicting leaders interest fall out at the primaries, there is a tendency for such aggrieved leader to work against the party interest at the background during the general elections.
To avoid stories that touch, Onduku suggested that ljaw candidate for governor with Urhobo as running mate will be a good combination that can easily defeat the opposition party in the Delta 2023 Gubernatorial elections. He said the ljaws in the riverine areas in Delta South Senatorial District are strongly united in terms of delivering bloc votes.
Since the ljaws allignment with Delta North is intact, plus the Urhobo factor as running mate, the votes in Delta Central shall be divided into 50/50 or 60/40, that is a win win for PDP against their APC rival at the general elections comes 2023, Onduku asserted.
Finally, Onduku called on the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sen. Iyocha Ayu, members of Board of Trustees, members of the National Working Committee among other critical stakeholders of the party to as a matter of importance and for the interest of the party address this issue with all seriousness, adding that if the party file in wrong candidate at the primaries, it shouldn’t blame anybody for any misfortune at the general elections.