Governorship aspirants in Delta State under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have been cautioned against campaigns of calumny in their bid to become the consensus candidate after the party primaries.
The state chairman of the party, Barr. Kingsley Esiso stated this yesterday at the party’s secretariat, Asaba during the public expression of the Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, to contest in the 2023 governorship elections.
According to Esiso, ‘’we encourage members of the PDP to aspire to various positions because we are aware that nobody pays money to aspire. The implication of this is that aspiration is free. The speaker has expressed his aspirations to contest for the governorship of Delta State.
‘’Mr. Speaker, you are welcome and free to aspire. But please, I advise that you must realize that just as you have the right to aspire as governor of Delta State, so do other persons have the same rights to aspire for the same position.
‘’Therefore, you are free to go about the nook and cranny of the state to sell your aspiration. But as you are doing that, please do it with decorum realizing that other aspirants in the field are your brothers and sisters.
“By May, one of you (aspirants) will emerge as the candidate of the party and we will all queue behind him. I assure you that as a party, we have the responsibility to ensure that we organize very free, fair and credible primaries through which our candidate will emerge.
Delta Speaker Declares For Governorship
By Onos Jacobs, Asaba
Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori has formally
declared his intention to run for Governorship position under the People’s Democratic Party platform.
The speaker formally made his intention known when he stormed the PDP Secretariat and was joined by a sea of supporters across the three senatorial districts of the State as well as most lawmakers in the State.
Speaking at the meeting presided over by the State Chairman of the Party, Olorogun Barrister Kingsley Esiso, the Governorship aspirant said that his aspiration is hinged on the need to sustain the social-economic and infrastructural development in the State.
The Speaker who is also the National Deputy Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria used the occasion of the consultation to debunk social media reports, alleging that he was sometime arrested by security agencies in connection with financial improprieties.
He said, ” I want to use this medium to say that there was no time that I was arrested by security agencies. As speaker of the State House of Assembly for over five years now, I am bold to say that I have never been accused of financial mismanagement.
‘ I am a prudent leader and that is what has kept me going and succeeding as Speaker of the most vibrant House of Assembly in the Country.
“Today, I am here to consult with Stakeholders of our great Party-the PDP of my ambition to run for Governorship position in the State.
“If given the position, I do promise that I will not disappoint the party and Deltans in general as I am ready to listen more, do more and achieve more” he said.
According to him also; “As far as I have been able to manage the State Legislature for over five years, I can manage the State effectively as well”.
Receiving the governorship aspirant to the State party secretariat, the State Chairman of the People’s Democratic party (PDP), Barrister Kingsley Esiso said the Party will provide a level playing field for all aspirants to exercise their rights.