By Tunde Oso
The Mayor of Urhoboland and former ex-militant leader, Eshanekpe Israel, a.k.a Akpodoro has urged Peoples Democratic Party, PDP delegates to the party primaries to queue behind the aspiration of David Edevbie, former Private Secretary to the late President Umaru Yar’Adua, who is seeking to succeed Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, as governor of the oil-rich state in 2023.
Akpodoro, also the Coordinator of the Urhobo Youth Forum for Change, UYFC, who spoke through Emmanuel Orhidi, his Media Consultant of the Republic Multi-Concept Communications in Abuja, on Sunday, appealed to the delegates, particularly those of Urhobo extraction to honour and respect the wish of Urhobo people as expressed by the Urhobo Progressive Union, UPU, which threw its weight behind the governorship ambition of Olorogun Edevbie.
Recall, UPU, the pan Urhobo social- political group had recently declared support for Olorogun Edevbie describing him as their best for Urhobo nation, citing his experiences in governance cutting across all tiers of governments and his personality, an additional political selling point for the 2023 gubernatorial race.
According to Akpodoro, the umbrella body of Urhobo people worldwide has spoken the mind of everyone concerning who takes over from the incumbent Governor, whose tenure winds down, adding that only Olorogun Edevbie has the clout, political savvy and charisma to pilot the affairs of the state after reigning Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
“The generality of the voting population in Delta State,” he said, “want Olorogun Edevbie to be Governor”, saying the PDP and operators of the party should allow for a free, fair and credible primaries, where Edevbie would emerge being the best of them all”.
Akpodoro urged the delegates to eschew money politics and shun any attempt at selling their votes for pecuniary reasons, adding that as representatives of the people and the conscience of the party there’s the need for delegates to vote wisely describing Olorogun Edevbie as the bride of the PDP and the darling of the electorates.
The Mayor stressed that if given the mandate, the administration of Olorogun Edevbie will meaningfully engage over 30% youths in his cabinet in addition to massive capacity building and empowerment for the state to witness accelerated development.
“Our fate lies in the hands of the delegates to the primaries and they should realise the need, to first and foremost respect out umbrella body, the UPU and the wish of Urhobo people as expressed to our pan social-political, cultural group.
“The people deserve the best, Olorogun Edevbie is our best in Urhoboland and I speak as the Mayor of Urhoboland to the delegates to know and respect the yearnings of the people for a better, stronger and more equitable Delta State by giving the mandate to the former Chief of Staff to the incumbent to mount the mantle of leadership in a post – Okowa Delta state.
Olorogun Edevbie is our numero uno, the one with Midas touch…don’t deny the pride of Urhobo nation,” the Mayor appealed.