Hundreds of Ijaw indigenes from Delta, both old and young, defied the heavy downpour, which lasted for over an hour, besieged the Oginibo country home of the frontline Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), governorship aspirant and former Minister of State for Education, Olorogun Barr. Kenneth Gbagi, in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, to pledged their unalloyed support for his 2023 governorship election.
The Ijaw group by their act has deflated the air in the camps of interested persons from the Delta South Senatorial District of the state, who rumour has it, are also gunning for the coveted seat.
The mammoth crowd, under the auspices of Pressure Group, comprising indigenes from Kiagbodo and Bikorogha in Burutu Local Government Area of the state, noted that they came to give their support to the former minister’s gubernatorial ambition, affirming that it was his turn to govern the state, come 2023.
Speaking on behalf of the groups, Mr. Stephen Tare said:
“We are pleading, sir, as you are coming, stand firm, don’t allow anything to shake you because we know that nothing can shake you. We know that you are already there and that is why when we arrived, the rain fell to wash away all the dirt.
“Please, when you have been sworn-in, don’t forget us. You are a father that takes care of children, youths and the elderly ones. No one has spoken ill about you and we equally pray that when you become governor, the good work that you have started, continue it to thr end”.
Also speaking, Mrs. Victoria Ase, the immediate past woman leader from Ward 8, said:
“As God will have it, when we entered into the compound, it rained. That means any dirt that would have entered into 2023, God has washed them away. Today, we are here to tell you that we want to work with you. We will board the same boat with you and the boat you have boarded will not sink.
“We are behind you, God has removed everything that will obstruct you. We are here to know you and now that we have known you, we will vote for you, you will always go up, we know that come 2023, you have won and nothing will hold it in Jesus name I have prayed”.
She called on other Deltans to support Olorogun Gbagi’s aspiration.
In his response, the elated Gbagi, who acknowledged their presence for over nine hours, appreciated them for waiting tirelessly, “more particularly, that you defied the rain to show such magnitude of interest. I must confess, it is one that will remain with me in memory. So, my people, you have not come to the wrong place”.
He disclosed that he has helped uncountable number of persons across the state irrespective of their tribes, “whether you are an Ijaw, Hausa, Urhobo, Isoko or Itsekiri, I don’t know tribe. It will interest you to know that the best governor in my opinion, is Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.
“Why do I say so, he has constructed roads, schools and hospitals in your communities, he did not know you and he is giving you widow’s money in your local government. So, when I go around, I tell people that what you owe God, is to pray for him for good health and ability to finish stronger”, he stated.