By Timi Black
Confusion and unease have enveloped the political atmosphere of Delta central as the DC-23 lobby group, will select three most preferred Urhobo aspirants from the earlier selected five to participate in the PDP party’s upcoming primaries in the state.
Congress gathered that the group had earlier pruned a list of about 12 aspirants to five on February 2021 to defeat their Ijaw counterparts jostling for the governorship seat in the state.
However, among Urhobo PDP aspirants who made the list of five are former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Senator Emmanuel Aguarivwodo, former Commissioner for Works affected in the cabinet dissolution, Chief James Augoye, former Commissioner and former Chief of Staff, Olorogun David Edevbie, former Minister of State for Education, Delta State Industrialist, Chief Kenneth Gbagi and Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori.
While other Urhobo PDP governorship aspirants who did not pass DC-23 first screening were Chief Fred Majemite, Hon Ejaife Odebala, Hon Efe Ofobruku, Chief Kenneth Okpara, now late, Chief Bright Edejeghwro, Hon. Festus Ovie Agas, Chief Abel Esievo and Chief Sunday Oruarefe.
The DC-23 which had promised to conclude with further screening of the five earlier selected aspirants to three gave a deadline of January 2022 to complete the process.
It was learnt that the Delta central screening committee will deliver on its mandate today in preparation of the PDP party primaries.
Source hinted Congress newspaper on the possible outcome of today’s screening exercise.
The source gave those who may likely emerge as the three most preferred aspirants in Delta central as former Chief of Staff, Olorogun David Edevbie, former Minister of State for Education, Delta State Industrialist, Chief Kenneth Gbagi and Speaker and Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori.