Great Ogboru, was this week adopted by the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU as its candidate for the Delta State governorship election. Days before the adoption he showed his mobilisation capacity when his campaign train touched ground at Ughelli
By Festus Ahon
ATMOSPHERE of the ancient town of Ughelli, headquarters of Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State was charged last Wednesday as residents of the area rolled out drums to welcome their two sons, Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru and Obaisi Ovie Omo-Agege to Ughelli in continuation of their campaign tour of the State.
The people who thronged the Ekiugbo/Warri Road, Market Road, Isoko Road down to the Ughelli Township Stadium, likened the campaign team to a triumphant entry.
As the convoy drove through the town, the people came out joyfully waving their hands, dancing and chanting “Ogboru our Governor; the People’s General” and “Obaisi Omo-Agege; the better Senator in waiting”. Children were not left out as many of them tried running after the convoy to catch a glimpse of the duo of Chief Ogboru and Obais Omo-Agege.
Moved by the show of love being displayed by the people, Obaisi Ovie Omo-Agege who hails from Orogun in the local government area, stepped down from his car to walk some distance with the people in a show of appreciation of their love for them.
Traders left their stalls while motorists and motorcyclists who were not on the convoy voluntarily joined with songs of solidarity and joy as they chanted songs such as “Ogboru na you be our man, na you be our governor; Obaisi Ovie Omo-Agege, the awareness politician we salute you.”
The two prominent Urhobo sons were welcomed with cannon shots as they arrived the Ughelli Township Stadium, which was already filled to capacity with supporters.
The governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Chief Great Ogboru while addressing the people said; “I want to assure Deltans that their dignity as a people will be restored when I assume office as in May 2015”.
While urging them to vote for Labour Party, he said the party was the only party that could guarantee the provision of “basic amenities, rehabilitation of social infrastructure like roads as well as security of life and property”. He expressed optimism that the people would be happy when their dream of a better Delta for all was realized.
“There will be crisis if they attempt to rig me out this time because this is the time chosen by God. We are experiencing kidnappings because the government of the day emerged through kidnapped votes and we won’t tolerate that next month,” he warned.
Obaisi Ovie Omo-Agege who is the Delta Central Senatorial candidate of the Labour Party in his speech, said; “I strongly appeal to you to vote for Labour Party because it is the best and it is the only party that has your interest at heart. I can assure you that all Deltans will rejoice when Chief Great Ogboru is elected and sworn-in as Delta State Governor on May 29th”.
According to him, “there’s massive poverty in the land which the ruling party has not been able to address but will be adequately tackled by a Labour Party government. Ogboru is the best person to do this because he will be able to create jobs for the unemployed”.
Omo-Agege said Ogboru was a a successful business man, who was being moved by passion to serve his people. “Ogboru is a philanthropist who has been creating jobs for Deltans even in his private establishments”, he added.
“We are not supporting Ogboru because he is an Urhobo, but because of all the governorship candidates, he is the best man for the job who won’t discriminate along ethnicity,” Omo-Agege stressed.
Speaking on his senatorial ambition, he promised give a vibrant representation at the National Assembly when voted in as Senator to represent Delta Central Senatorial District, emphasising that “Labour Party has people-oriented manifesto which will be followed religiously to ensure an equitable spread of the dividends of democracy to all Deltans”.
While appealing to the people to spread the message of hope for all Deltans, he urged to collect their Permanent Voter Cards and vote wisely.