By Barr. Mary Agbajoh
The landslide victory recorded by Chief Great Ogboru in Delta State All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship primary held recently at the College of Education (Technical) Asaba, Delta State, has demonstrated that the ‘People’s General’ is on ground, moving stronger and it seems nobody can stop him in achieving his goal of becoming Delta State governor in 2019.
In the primary election, Ogboru polled a total of 3,292 votes to defeat his closest rival, Victor Ochei, who scored 160. His performance in the election which was adjudged peaceful, free and fair revealed the love and trust which the people of Delta State have for Ogboru’s ability to lead them.
Deltans have for long placed their trust and hope on Ogboru because he is a dedicated and committed leader who wants to see that the people of Delta State are delivered from poverty. He has the structure and has been winning all the elections that he contested, but unfortunately the extra dynamic power needed to seal victory for him was always lacking. If the coming elections are contested under peaceful, free and fair atmosphere as evident in the concluded Delta Governorship primary election, no one will be able to stop Ogboru from becoming Delta State governor in 2019.
We should take into cognizance that Ogboru’s consistency in seeking the office of the governor of Delta State without giving up revealed that he has something to offer to his people and nobody will prevent him from achieving his lifelong ambition.
His deprivations of deserved success at the poll would have discouraged others especially considering the fact that fortunes are expended on elections in this country. But not for lion-hearted men like Ogboru, who look on obstacles as springboards to success and adversities as precursors of prosperity and one who is ready and willing to pay the price for greatness.
Buhari is seen today as a role model on the principle of consistency, and he also shares that with Chief Great Ogboru. If Buhari had given up, he wouldn’t have been the President of Nigeria today. Ogboru needs to be supported, such a person needs to be encouraged for the fact that he has been able to create a name for himself and also create a formidable opposition for any sitting governor.
Ogboru is someone who has been contesting elections and going into his sixth election. He must have built a very strong structure which was evident in the large crowd that attended all his rallies which shows that he has the structure to wrestle power from the incumbent.
Ogboru is also generally accepted across Delta State, his father is from Delta Central, his mother from Delta North, while his spouse is from Delta South. With such paternal and maternal relationships created across Delta State, his acceptability as Delta State Governor in 2019 is not in doubt.
As an international businessman, he has an investment policy which we strongly believe will boost the state’s economy. Delta will witness industrialization with its mineral resources if Ogboru eventually emerges as the governor of the state. The state needs a leader who has focus for economic drive, and infrastructural development and that leader is Ogboru.
The party’s National Working Committee (NWC) and the state exco, should know that Ogboru remains the only credible person to unseat the incumbent governor in 2019. His candidature will also guarantee President Muhammadu Buhari’s smooth sail in Delta as well as the entire party generally.
The beauty of Ogboru emerging as APC Delta State governorship candidate is that somebody with the doggedness and ruggedness to challenge an incumbent government in the way that can create competition in a democratic platform has come to rescue the people of the state.
As it stands right now, Chief Great Ogboru is the most influential candidate in Delta state. He is the only person who has won elections in this state but because of politics, he has always been denied the opportunity to be the governor of the state. In the last election, he was the only opposition candidate who was able to score over 300,000 votes closest to PDP.
Majority of Deltans are already rooting for Ogboru, and want him to walk his talk of improving the lot of the state by ensuring that he gets the mandate.
What is even more remarkable is that Delta State is reputed to be an investment and industrial virgin awaiting the magic touch of the proverbial prince and no one, other than Ogboru, a hard-headed business mogul renowned for bravery and philanthropy is better to take up the reins of governance in the state.
- Barr Mary Agbajoh is a Lawyer, Social Commentator and Political Strategist