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2023 Elections: Factors Behind Peter Obi’s Flooring Of PDP, APC In Okowa’s Delta State




The Oasis Reporters


March 1, 2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Governors meeting in Asaba, across Party lines to resolve on power shift to the South.

 

 

Even the wives of Southern governors kick-started a forum to unite the zone in their inaugural meeting in Benin-City, Edo State. They also want power shift to the South this time.




The Big Heart of Delta State swelled with pride when all the APC, PDP and APGA governors in Southern Nigeria homed in without fanfare on Asaba, capital city of Delta State for an urgent matter of national importance. The whole of Nigeria was taken by surprise that such an unprecedented meeting could hold, after a quiet and behind the scenes arrangements.




The outcome was that they all, in one accord agreed that the next president of Nigeria would of necessity come from the south, after an eight year tenure by Muhammadu Buhari from the north, in the spirit of equity and fairness to promote unity.




The spirit of Delta is that of fairness, coupled with give and take. Deltans were equally elated that their governor, Ifeanyi Okowa was the chief host of the entire governors in the South, assembled to take the momentous decision as embodied in the Asaba Declaration.




The moment the news got out about the Asaba Declaration, certain politicians from the north in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) kicked vigorously and angrily because of the feeling that they own the franchise to messianism. To them, only a Fulani politician should embody the saviourism of rescuing Nigeria from the misrule of the APC. The misrule includes the misfortune of Nigerians having to endure kidnappings, banditry and other horrible traits that were being perpetrated everywhere, but moreso in the north.



Rightly or wrongly, many northern elements were perceived to be the major perpetrators of these crimes eventhough, such crimes were not exclusive to them. Many southern elements have been found complicit in such crimes in so instances.


Against the run of play, a Fulani quartet of politicians that included the Bauchi state governor, Alhaji Bala Mohammed, Bukola Saraki, Aminu Tambuwal, Alhaji Muhammed Hayatu-Deen went to Government Houses in all the States governed by the PDP urging that the constitutional provision embodied in the PDP charter on rotation of power be jettisoned to allow them to run again in the primaries instead of restricting it to the South.

 

The PDP quartet from the north have been visiting government houses in the South unsmilingly trying hard to convince the southern Governors to ditch their resolution. That Dankwambo who is non Fulani not with them, speaks volumes.



The entitled politicians finally browbeat the PDP that most of them destroyed because of the same issue in 2015 leading to the easing out of the PDP from power.
The PDP presidential ticket finally went to Atiku Abubakar from the north.

 


L-R: Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; former Kwara state governor who is also former Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; Muhammed Hayatu-Deen, and Bauchi State Governor, Bala Muhammed, during a visit by PDP presidential aspirants to Governor Obaseki, in Benin City, on Monday, April 4th, 2022.




It was widely alleged that large amounts of money was deployed in the events leading to the choice of Abubakar during the delegates conference.

Worse still in the minds of very many Deltans, the choice of their governor who was host of all the Southern governors as Vice Presidential candidate and running mate to Atiku Abubakar sounded like state capture. Deltans that have always voted PDP since 1999 till date rather resented that. The mass of the people shifted loyalty to the new Labour Party, whose presidential candidate Peter Obi has been known for prudence in governance.


It even goes against the compulsive borrowing culture of the Delta State government led by Ifeanyi Okowa.




It was therefore easy for Peter Obi of the Labour Party to win the presidential election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Delta State last Saturday.


In the result announced by INEC early Tuesday, Obi scored 341,866 to floor closest challengers.



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) whose vice presidential candidate is the incumbent governor of Delta State Ifeanyi Okowa came second and the All Progressives Congress (APC) emerged third.


While the PDP scored 161,600 votes to come second, APC scored 90,183 to occupy third place in the state. The candidate of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) came a distant fourth place with 3,122 votes.




According to the INEC, out of 667,149 accredited voters, 654,650 votes were recorded. They said that 615,341 votes were recorded as valid while 39,309 votes were rejected.

Peter Obi’s entry into the Royal palace of the Olu of Warri…in obeisance. He won in Delta State.

 

 

Peter Obi having a discussion with Olu Of Warri.


FINAL RESULT OF COLLATION PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION FROM 25 LGAS OF DELTA STATE:

APC – 90,183

LP – 341,866

NNPP – 3,122

PDP – 161,600

NUMBER OF ACCREDITED VOTERS =667,149

TOTAL VALID VOTES = 615,341

TOTAL REJECTED VOTES = 39,309

TOTAL VOTE CAST = 654,650

(Source: Channels TV).




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