Former minister of State for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, has said Delta State PDP has no governorship candidate for 2023 election as it stands now as he said he would succeed incumbent Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as the next governor of Delta State in in 2023.
The former minister had last week announced his withdrawal from the just concluded PDP governorship primaries won by the speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori.
Gbagi, a PDP stalwart in Delta State, withdrew from the governorship race few days to the primary and had also in this letter of withdrawal from the race, accused the aide-de-camp to Governor Okowa of threatening his life.
But speaking on Saturday during an interactive session with some selected journalists at Oginibo Town in Delta State, the former PDP governorship aspirant stated that he would contest the 2023 governorship election in the state.
He, however, did not disclose how he plans to contest the election.
While denying rumours that he had left the party after withdrawing from the governorship primaries, the businessman and criminologist stressed that the exercise which produced Oborevwori as the flag-bearer of Delta PDP did not comply with electoral guidelines as contained in the nation’s constitution.
Responding to questions, Gbagi said, “As it is today, PDP has no governorship candidate. There’s no primaries in Delta State, in the days ahead of us you will know. Okowa will handover power to me by the grace of God next year. The primary election ought to have been conducted in guidance of the Electoral Act. That election is a violation of an existing law – Electoral Act. I couldn’t have participated in such a charade.”
He alleged that delegates were monetarily induced and locked up in hotels in Asaba in violation of the electoral law.
According to him, “Some of the aspirants paid as high as $7,000,$7,500 and $5,000 to delegates which you journalists know. By appropriate sessions of the Electoral Act, that conduct alone voided the primaries.
“Secondly, for you to lock people in a house or hotel and give them juju to eat and swear, such action also violates the Electoral Act. For anyone to dispossess them of their phones violates the delegates’ liberty and rights.
“I will contest the 2023 governorship election in Delta State.”
Gbagi disclosed that he had directed his team of lawyers who, are currently reviewing the processes leading to the PDP governorship primaries, to enable him seek redress in court.
“And by the Electoral Act, all of them who participated cannot participate in another party. You can now see the wisdom (in which) I did my letter and withdrew in line with the Electoral Act as a lawyer.
“The conduct of the PDP is voided already. You only need to take steps for it to be voided. Forget the Supreme Court case on Bayelsa”, he added.
While promising to disclose his next line of action, Olorogun Gbagi thanked his supporters and the people of the state for their support since he began his governorship ambition on the platform of the PDP.
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