By Binebai Princewill
Ijaw leaders in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State have on Friday converged at the popular Wellington Hotel, Orogun Hall to unveil and adopt Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly as the sole Delta 2023 Governorship candidate.
The gathering which saw sons and daughters of Ijaw nation in Delta State cutting across the various Ijaw kingdoms in the various Local Government Areas of Delta State had unanimously agreed to unveil and adopt the PDP Delta 2023 Governorship Candidate, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori who is the current speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly.
Chairman of the unveiling committee, Wing Commander P. Y Biakpara in his remark had asserted that following the unveiling and adoption of Sheriff Oborevwori as the sole Governorship Candidate, all sons and daughters of Ijaw in Delta State will now work for the emergence of Oborevwori as the next Governor of the state.
I am humbled, i will repay this kind gesture with projects and appointments – Oborevwori
In his swift response, the PDP Delta 2023 Governorship Candidate had appreciated the Ijaws for the massive show of love, stressing that he is going to repay the Ijaws with projects and appointments should he become the next Governor of Delta State.
The Governorship Candidate asserted that he is humbled and would not take the unveiling and adoption as a sole Governorship Candidate for granted, stressing that it is coming from a very respected ethnic group like the Ijaws in Delta State.
Speaking further, Oborevwori noted that the adoption is important to him in several ways because it is only the Ijaws in Delta State that have done it ahead of the 2023 Governorship election.
he Delta State House of Assembly speaker maintained that he shares common interest with the Ijaw people, adding that apart from him being an Okpe man, he also hails from Uvwie that has blood ties with the Ijaws.
However, Hon. Sheriff had assured the people of Warri that should he becomes the next Governor of Delta State come 2023, Warri will no doubt wear a new and better look, adding that there is more for Deltans.
Warri needs to have a new face, i am a Warri boy, i am a unifier, I am deeply humbled. I will not disappoint you people. I am marvelled by your show of love.
“The Ijaws are the first ethnic nationality in Delta State to have done this.
We will pay you back with infrastructural development and appointment. I appreciate the all the Ijaw Traditional Rulers in Delta State.
“I am an Okpe and Uvwie, the Uvwie people are from Ijaw. My project is truly your project too. I will never disappoint you people and Deltans for the confidence reposed on me.” Oborevwori added .
No going back, all Ijaws have come to adopt you as our sole candidate – Takeme
In an interview, Chairman of the Delta South Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dr. Amb. Julius Takeme had assured the PDP Governorship Candidate, Oborevwori that the Ijaws will not sleep after unveiling and adopting him as their sole Governorship Candidate, adding that they will also move to their various communities to produce results during the elections.
Nevertheless, Takeme noted that the Ijaws took the decision to adopt Oborevwori as their sole Governorship Candidate after taking a thorough look at the antecedents of the man Oborevwori.
He continued that after assessing him, they came to the firm conclusion that with Oborevwori as the next Governor of Delta State, the many woes bedeviling the Ijaws in Delta State will be addressed, stressing that the Delta State House of Assembly speaker remains the best man to continue the developmental strides of Okowa in Delta State.
Dr. Takeme also added that the Ijaws will also throw their weight behind Atiku/Okowa PDP presidential ticket, Ejele for Senate and other PDP candidates in 2023.
The Ijaws are known for our sincerity, we will stand by the adoption – Pondi
On his part, Member Representing Burutu Federal Constituency, House of representatives, Rt. Hon. Julius Pondi had in a special interview with The Liberator Newspapers Worldwide yesterday asserted that the Ijaws are known for their sincerity, stressing that they will all work and stand by Sheriff Oborevwori as the sole candidate of the Ijaws.
Hon. Julius Pondi had particularly described the move by the Ijaws as a step in the right direction, stressing that Sheriff Oborevwori will no doubt be a good Governor for Delta State and the Ijaws.
The Ijaws are fully ready to deliver Sheriff as the next Governor of Delta State come 2023 – Agediga
Director General of the Team Agediga Riverine Mobilisation For PDP, Amb. Dr. Shedrack Agediga had in his reaction to The Liberator Newspapers Worldwide yesterday stated that the Ijaws are fully ready to deliver Sheriff as the next Governor of Delta State come 2023.
Agediga noted that the Ijaws have moved round before taking the decision to adopt Oborevwori as their sole Delta 2023 Governorship Candidate, stressing that all Ijaws will stand by it.
Agediga is the current Executive Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC).
We have seek royal blessings from all Ijaw Traditional Rulers before adopting you – Andaye
On his part, Hon. Dagidi Andaye, a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Nigeria, a close ally to Atiku and Okowa who spoke eloquently during the unveiling and adoption of Sheriff Oborevwori as the sole candidate of the Ijaws in 2023 Delta Governorship stated that the team led by Wing Commander P. Y Biakpara had briefed and seek royal blessings from all Ijaw Traditional Rulers in Delta State and that they have all blessed and approved the movement before gathering yesterday to officially unveil and adopt Oborevwori as the sole candidate.
Speaking further, Dagidi Andaye said it is true that respected Ijaw sons were also fighting for the PDP Governorship ticket but as God would have it, Oborevwori have emerged.
However, Andaye continued that the primaries have come and gone and that it is now time to move on as a people, stressing that Alaowei Broderick Bozimo gave his consent and endorsed the movement before it is what it is today.
Dagidi particularly appealed to Sheriff Oborevwori to address the age long developmental issues affecting the Ijaws in Delta State, stressing that the Ijaws have been marginalized for too long.
Motion for the adoption of Sheriff Oborevwori as the sole Governorship Candidate for the Ijaws come 2023 was moved by Barrister Roland Pereotubo Oweilaemi, former President of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide and was seconded by Elder Macauley from Bomadi Local Government.
Photo Credit The Liberator Newspapers Worldwide