Warri : A Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Political Matters, Pastor Arex Akemotubo has reacted to a report written by the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Strategic Political Communication,
Dr. Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe quoting the State PDP Chairman, Olorogun Kingsley Esiso as saying that Delta Central would produce the next Governor, come 2023, in line with the PDP’s rotational formula.
In a statement, Pastor Arex Akemotubo said Olorogun Kingsley Esiso as the State Chairman of the PDP could not have made such a sweeping declaration on a very sensitive matter as who becomes the Governor in 2023. He advised those peddling false rumours about the party Chairman to desist forthwith, so as not to drag the name of Olorogun Esiso to the mud.
The Governor’s Political Aide said it would be improper for the State PDP Chairman to make such a clarification, more so as the writer of that report (Latimore) alleged that Okakuro Esiso’s statement put paid to speculations and political permutations in the State.
He said Delta central fielded candidate to contest the State governorship primaries prior to 2015 elections where the Urhobos and other tribes contested, so the issue of rotation was jettisoned. He wondered why such a process cannot be used for the Governorship contest in 2023.
Pastor Arex described Dr. Latimore’s report which states that power rotation in Delta State is strictly on the basis of senatorial district and not by tribe or ethnic nationality, as volatile and capable of causing disaffection within the PDP family in the State.
He noted that the Urhobo people had always declared their intentions and contested in all PDP primaries.
He said Latimore’s use of phrases such as “noise making or personal narrow opinions,” “self centered ambitions or political statements spiced with unpleasant tribal and ethnic colourations,” was a disrespect for those who expressed such political opinions in a democratic State.
He described Chief Esiso as a core party man that knows and understands the implications of making such unguarded statement. Pastor Arex therefore urged Urhobo people to allow the Ijaws produce the Governor in 2023, as the PDP and indeed Delta State are one big family.
He said Dr. Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe ought not to have told newsmen that it is now a political gross misconduct within PDP family for any member or aspirant to pursue his or her 2023 governorship ambition on the basis of tribe or ethnic nationality, and that such aspirant might be treated as a political outcast by leaders, chieftains and party faithful, describing such a statement as provocative and should be avoided.
The SSA stressed that such unguarded statements were capable of causing disaffection that could jeopardize the party’s grip on the State politics and its winning strength in general elections. He concluded by saying that the Ijaw ethnic nationality should be given the opportunity to fly the party’s flag come 2023.