Olorogun Deacon Eddie Ono-Sorhue is a former Chairman of old Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State comprising of Udu, Uvwie and Okpe and later Chairman of Udu Local Government Area. Currently a member of Delta State Advisory and Peace Building Council and the Director General of the Hon. Evelyn Omavowan Oboro Senatorial Campaign Organization in Delta Central, Ono-Sorhue, in this interview, speaks on the progress of the consultations of his principal ahead of the PDP primary election and why Oboro remains the best for the red chamber from the district come 2019.
Tell us the progress made so far by the Oboro Campaign Organization in terms of consultations with party executives and leaders across Delta Central?
We have covered a lot of ground in terms of consultations in Delta Central than any other contestant jostling for the position. So we believe that we are ahead of other aspirants in this regard.
What have been the responses of the leaders and party executives to your consultations?
It has been wonderful and positive. Anywhere we visit, people volunteer to work and vote for Oboro for Senate come 2019. There are situations where people even volunteer to purchase her nomination form because they know that she is the only one at the moment that can win the Senate for the PDP come 2019.
Are you saying that Oboro is more qualified than other aspirants for the Delta Central senatorial race?
Hon. Oboro is grounded politically than any other person in the race. She started her humble journey when she was elected councillor on the platform of the PDP in Delta State in 1999. She was later elected LGA Chairman on the platform of the PDP in 2004. In 2008, she was appointed a member of the State Universal Basic Education Board and then a member of Delta State Waste Management Board in 2010. She is the first Urhobo female parliamentarian. As a councilor she attracted projects to her constituency even as the only PDP councilor then. As a council Chairman, there were a lot of projects credited to her. As a member of the House of Reps, what she has done in terms of empowerment and projects in her federal constituency, no other representative has done that in the times past.
Can you mention some of those projects for clarity?
The projects are many and visible for even the blind to see. Mind you, her legislative interests focus on constituency projects, human capital development and making people-oriented laws. Her aim is to take, as much as it is possible, young people and women off the streets by assisting them to earn a living through skill acquisition and constituency empowerment programmes. Her constituency projects and empowerments are verifiable.
Has she any motion or bill to her credit?
She is currently the Chairman of the House Committee on Women. She is also a member of various committees in the House. One of her bills signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari is the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun Bill 2016. There are other bills sponsored by her that are still pending in the House.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is the leader of the PDP in Delta. Has she consulted him on her senatorial ambition?
I, as the Director General of the campaign, former NDDC Commissioner, Chief Tom Amioku, former Delta State Commissioner for Environment, Chief Omeni Sobotie, former Delta State House of Assembly member, Chief Solomon Ighrakpata, Chief Joe Unuama, Chief Barr. Philipa Atagana, President General of Ewheya R’Urhobo, Chief Mrs. Evelyn Omavuaye Ohwojeheri and Hon. Benjamin Oboh were among those who accompanied her to visit the governor. The visit was to solicit for prayers from Okowa and, as the leader of the party in the state, inform him of the decision of Oboro to contest for the Delta Central senatorial seat come 2019. And he assured us that, as a product of a free and fair primary, he will ensure that the PDP conducts free and fair primary elections, for the best among the aspirants to emerge and that there will be no imposition. The governor was impressed with Hon. Oboro’s articulate presentation and achievements which, he said, spoke volume. Okowa was pleased with her for living up to expectation by delivering dividends of democracy that are visible and accessible to her constituents. The governor said Hon. Oboro has really grown in politics and deserved promotion. He advised us to continue with our campaigns as there will be a level-playing ground for all the aspirants. Even when we met the state PDP Chairman, Olorogun Kingsley Esiso, he sang the same view.
What about former Governor James Ibori, has she been able to consult him?
To the best of my knowledge, when we went to consult former Governor James Onanefe Ibori, he gave her kudos for being matured in her presentation and assured that there will be a level-playing ground for everybody. Ibori said she has indeed grown because she made her case articulately and brilliantly. The former governor advised her to continue to make her case tenaciously to the Urhobo people. He told her that as the first Urhobo female parliamentarian, she made her constituency and the Urhobo people proud, to that extent we believe that she is standing on a strong wicket for the Senate.
As a member of the Delta State Advisory and Peace Building Council, how do you describe the strides of Governor Okowa since he assumed office over three years ago?
Okowa is well grounded, thorough and of good character who understands what it takes to govern. He also understands the problem of each Local Government Area of Delta State and even communities. He is the first governor in the state who can tell you who represents each of the over 200 wards in the state. His administration has touched the lives of people in all the local government areas of the state. For instance, here in Udu Local Government Area, he is the first governor to come to commission a project in the past 15 to 16 years even though we did not measure up to expectations. He has done well for Udu, look at the number of appointments, even though we are asking for more. He has done creditably well, and we will return him come 2019. And the Udu narrative will change come 2019.