2019: Why Urhobo Indigenes Should Not Field Guber Candidate

FRONTLINE Urhobo leader and activist, Chief Peter Claver Obakponovwe, has advised Urhobo indigines in the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, not to contest against the incumbent Governor, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa at the party’s gubernatorial primary, come 2019 in order to uphold the party’s rotational arrangement.
Obakponovwe gave the advice in Ugelli, while addressing a group of Urhobo political class who paid him a consultative visit.
He said that the call became necessary considering the fact that after Delta North, in view of the rotational arrangement of the PDP, it would be the turn of Delta Central, therefore, Urhobo should not contest the party primary with the governor for his second tenure.
According to Obakponovwe, “ The reason is that should an Urhobo rival Okowa at the party’s primary, Urhobo will definitely be disturbed by the time it gets to the Officialturn of Delta Central in 2023 as other tribes would be saying that ʺ when it was our turn, you contested with us. Therefore, we are going to contest with you.”
“Then, it would be a sort of disturbance and gang up against Urhobo in PDP, even though it is our turn. So, we should just leave the primary for him while Urhobo prepare themselves for the general election under the platform of another party.” he advised. Obakponovwe also urged Urhobos to build bridges of friendship with other ethnic nationalities across the state, adding that it building such rapport, Urhobo could be seen as playing the role of the big brother.