By; KENNETH ORUSI, Asaba
Barely four days after the Delta state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, told Deltans that it’s only God that knows his successor, a stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Sunny Onuesoke, said the renewed call is unnecessary.
The PDP juggernaut who backlashed those in the center of what he described as “political agitation’, said barely five months into the swearing in of the incumbent was too early to discuss who succeeds him.
Also, the Ijaw ethnic nationality in the state two days ago insisted that it is the turn of the Ijaws of Delta south senatorial district to produce the next governor of the state.
The Ijaw group which spoke through the president, Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), worldwide, Pereotubo Oweilaemi, also told governor Okowa to maintain neutrality in the matter.
But Onuesoke who spoke on the background of some intending aspirants who are already making consultations and ethnic groups agitating for their turn to govern the state advised them to suspend their actions, adding that beside the agitations coming too early, it is a distraction to the governor delivering dividends of democracy to Deltans.
The PDP Chieftain who made the comment in a dinner organized for oil community leaders by Onuesoke Foundation in Warri, the oil rich city on Saturday said it is annoying for politicians to start agitating for who govern the state in 2023 instead of discussing issues on how Okowa could improve on his excellent record of creating more employment, establishing industries, enhancing security and building good roads for the socio-economical wellbeing of the people of the state.
“I want to state here without fear or favour that having been sworn in for second term as governor of Delta state by May, 2019, the major focus of all and sundry is to see how to encourage the governor to focus on enhancing his excellent record of good governance and not to distract his attention with issues of 2023 elections.
“It is unfortunate that personal ambition of ethnicity or individuals is overriding the state’s interests. It is not only too early for them to start campaigning just five month after swearing new government in the state, but a big insult on the people of the state who might feel that all the politicians are interested in, is how to grab power,” Onuesoke explained.
Onuesoke who described the action of the agitators as diversionary, unnecessary and divisive, advised that it is pertinent that the hierarchy of the different political parties in the state take urgent steps to address the commencement of discourse on 2023 governorship for now.
“I therefore appeal to the general public and the prospective aspirants to please allow the state to run smoothly without any distraction. While it is very permissible to have aspirations of any magnitude, time is a key determinant of the appropriateness or otherwise of such ambition,” he advised.
It would be recalled that the Urhobos of Delta Central, have also insisted that the next rotation would begin from them as they are the next to produce the governor come 2023.