By Ephraim oseji
Meanwhile, former Campaign Manager of Professor Saliba Mukoro in Delta State 2011 governorship race, Mr Godwin Anaughe, has joined Clark to reject Orubebe’s bid to become the governor of Delta in 2015, saying it will not augur well for the state. Anaughe, who condemned the minister’s aspiration, advised that for the sake of Delta and, in the interest of the PDP, “all well-meaning persons of the state owed it a duty to shun Orubebe’s brand of divisive politics.”
Anaughe argued that Orubebe’s attempt to use ethnicity as the basis for power rotation is a slap on the face of PDP loyalists and a repudiation of the principle of the party “which has so far served the party well in the state and at the national level.”
“The Delta PDP chieftain warned that the minister’s candidacy could drive a wedge between important elements of the party’s historical coalition which Governor Uduaghan has put together in the past three elections in the state.
“Orubebe cannot build a winning coalition if he is the nominee of the party in 2015 gubernatorial election because he is running on ethnic platform which the majority of Deltans will not accept. I am certain that the people of Delta North and Delta Central will not accept this ethnic rational for retaining governorship position in Delta South because if this Orubebe’s doctrine of ethnic rotation is to be stressed to its logical conclusion, then it is only the people of Oghara and Agbarha that have produced the governor of Delta.
When will it be the turn of the people of Okpe, Udu, Agbarho, Orogun, Ughivwen, Ogor, Jesse, Uvwie, Abraka, Ughelli, Olomu, Ewu in Delta Central? Is it after the Isoko in Delta South, Ika, Ndokwa, Oshimili and Aniocha in Delta North have had their turn”?
Anaughe commended Clark for speaking out against Orubebe’s “risky proposition” and allaying the fears of Deltans that Jonathan was in support of the minister. “The party establishment both at the national, state levels and other party leaders in the state should speak now and tell Orubebe the truth before he brings down the house”.