By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor, South-South & Festus Ahon
A good name is better than riches and it is not surprising that all the major candidates in this weekend’s senatorial bye-election in Delta Central are flaunting their association with the deceased Senator Pius Ewherido
IN their bid to win the October 12 bye-election in Delta Central senatorial district, DeltaState, some of the candidates have put on display their relationship with the late Senator Pius Ewherido, whose demise, June 30, created the vacant seat they are vying for.
I inherited Ewherido’s political structure -Emerhor
The All Progressives Party, APC, candidate, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, had told all who cared to listen that he inherited the political structure of the late Ewherido and so, he is the candidate to beat in the election.
He visited the Ewu country home of Ewherido, in Ughelli South Local Government, weekend, with political associates and met with his family.
The candidate told reporters in Effurun few days ago, “I inherited the formidable political platform that was held by our late Senator and brother, Ewherido of blessed memory. He developed this platform, PDM, and combined it with the half of the DPP, which he took out of the existing DPP. I can tell you that the political machinery is versatile, well spread and touches everywhere in the eight local government areas.”
“So, when you put it in perspective, you are taking three legacy parties, ANPP, ACN, CPC, that have structures in Delta Central, more than half of DPP and my good will and good name to it, sympathy of our departed Senator, who built a structure, I tell you, I am the candidate to beat,” he said.
Two months ago, the political family of the late Ewherido, reportedly endorsed Emerhor as their choice for the Senate. The decision to endorse Emerhor was reached at a meeting of the group, which took place at the Senatorial office of the late Senator in Effurun, DeltaState, on Friday July 26, with hundreds of members of the group, led by Dr. Lucky Otegheri, who is the director-general of the group.
Delta Central is DPP enclave- Dafinone
Democratic People Party, DPP, senatorial candidate, Chief Ede Dafinone, regarded as the ‘Barracks Obama’ of Delta Central politics, who lost the 2011 primaries narrowly to Ewherido by 17 votes, told newsmen that the late Ewherido was his friend and they remained friend until he died.
Dafinone said, however, that the victory of Ewherido in the April 2011 election was not by his political sagacity, but the political power of the party’s leader, Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru, who the people of Delta Central have taken as their political pathfinder.
His words: “The very sudden passing away of Senator Ewherido was a very big blow to me, DPP, Deltans and the entire country. Undoubtedly, the track records of DPP in the last election clearly showed that our greatest strength is in Delta Central.
Through our leader, Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru, we were victorious in the senatorial election, which led to the victory of Senator Pius Ewherido in the April 2011 election.”
I’m from Ewherido’s constituency- Aguariavwodo
PDP candidate, Olorogun Aguariavwodo, who described the late Ewherido as “a legislative lion and fearless defender of the Urhobo people and all oppressed everywhere”, assured the people of Delta Central that he would continue and improve on the dreams of the late Ewherido for Urhobo people.
While he is from Okpare, the late Ewherido is from Ewu both of them from Ughelli South, and the PDP had tactically resolved that the Ughelli South, Ughelli North and Udu Federal Constituency in Delta Central, which both Aguariavwodo and Ewherido come from, should produce Ewherido’s successor.
DPP’s Dafinone, who is from Sapele, Uvwie and Okpe Federal Constituency, read the game plan, and said, “I am sure Urhobo would see nothing wrong with the Senator coming from another constituency, I would be a Senator of not myself, my constituency , but every constituency , clans in Urhobo land and even beyond.”