2015: Delta North should fight, not beg for gov —Ikpo

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BY Emma Amaize

LAGOS—SECOND Republic Senator, Obi Nosike Ikpo, yesterday, said that Delta North senatorial district should fight to get the governorship position of the state in 2015 and not  beg  the other senatorial districts, Central and South, to allow it produce the governor.

Speaking to Vanguard on phone, he said: “I am surprised that some groups from Delta North are going to leaders in the Central and South senatorial districts to beg them to allow the North (Anioma) to produce the governor in 2015.

“Politically, I do not see the possibility of the leaders of Central and South senatorial districts allowing the North to produce the governor in 2015. Governorship aspirants from Delta North have to indicate interest for the position, campaign and fight for it like others. They have to move round the state for people to know them and assess if they are serious.

“I am not aware of any agreement on zoning of governorship to Delta North in 2015, but it is the general belief that since Central had ruled for eight years and the South is about finishing two terms of eight years, it is the turn of the North. Nevertheless, nobody allows anybody to take over power. Whoever wants power must fights for it.

“The North supported the South in 2007 and 2011with the belief that it will get the support of their brothers in the South and Central in 2015, but like I said, the people have to battle for it. Former governor, Chief James Ibori, contested for it in 1999, nobody gave him the chance to become governor, he strongly fought for it. The late Dr. Joshua Enueme from the North challenged him in 2003.

“In 2007, the incumbent, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan also fought for it, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and others from the North senatorial district contested against him. He (Uduaghan) came to me and I told him that I was supporting a Delta North candidate, but if he won the primaries, I would support him.”


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