How Isoko North PDP Chairman Almost Scuttled ‘Isoko Nation For Okowa’ Inauguration

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Fresh facts have emerged on how the chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Isoko North local government area of Delta state, Mr. Godwin Ogorugba, was said to have almost scuttled the inauguration of a group known as Isoko Nation For Okowa (INFO).

It would be recalled that on Monday at Oleh, headquarters of the Isoko South local government council, a group of Isoko political bigwigs, had gathered to inaugurate a new group know as Isoko Nation For Okowa (INFO), to sweep through the ranks of opposition to clinch victory for the incumbent governor, Mr. Ifeanyi Okowa come 2019 general elections.

Hardreporters, reliably gathered that for some unknown reasons, the Isoko North chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Mr. Godwin Ogorugba, had few days to the inauguration of the new Isoko group for the reelection bid of Okowa, allegedly l sent text messages across to all the PDP ward chairmen in the local government are, warning them not to honour the invitation for the group’s inauguration.

Some ward chairmen from Isoko North who attended the inauguration and spoke to our correspondent in confidence, confirmed that actually, the Isoko North PDP chairman, Mr. Godwin Ogorugba sent text messages to all the PDP ward chairmen in the local government warning and threatening them not to grace the occasion.

Our political correspondent, reliably gathered that Mr. Ogorugba’s action is not unconnected to the current bad blood that now existed between the Delta former Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Mr. Ovuozourie Macaulay, and the house of Representatives member representing Isoko federal constituency and minority leader, Mr. Leo Ogor.

Political communicators had disclosed that Mr. Ogor had “betrayed and backstabbed”, the Delta former Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Mr. Ovuozourie Macaulay, during the October PDP house of Assembly primaries, where Macaulay’s strong political ally and confidant and PDP Isoko North House of Assembly aspirant in the 2019 elections, was betrayed by Ogor and his men, as a result could not clinch the party ticket.

As at press time, several calls to the chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Isoko North local government area of Delta state, Mr. Godwin Ogorugba, were rebuffed.

Meanwhile, the group, INFO, which was inaugurated by chairman, Peoples Democratic Party  (PDP), Delta South, Mr. Emmanuel Amgbaduba, is headed by a leadership committee comprising of; Ovuozourie Macaulay, Emmanuel Edevor, Paul Odhomor, Daniel Tutumor, Mike Ogwah, Felix Ofuo, Tony Odhe, Thankgod Orumor, Sam Idise, Williams Adueniwoma, Mathias Eto, Johnson Erijo, Dickson Ebegbare, Goodluck Idele, Sam Ogri, Denis Etaluku with the council chairmen of Isoko South and North, Constantine Ikpokpo and Emmanuel Egbabor, respectively as automatic members.

Also inaugurated were 10-men committees for the 24 wards each in Isoko South and North local government areas with a mandate to set up 10 men committee across all units in Isoko Nation.

The State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by his Director of Protocol, Mr. Ifeanyi Ebiogbe said the campaign approach employed by the group is novel and commendable, encouraging the group’s members to double their effort in ensuring victory for the party ahead of the general elections.

On his part, former Secretary to Delta State Government, Ovuozourie Macaulay, while addressing members of the group, said the intent of the group is to introduce a new dimension to electioneering campaign geared at returning Senator Ifeanyi Okowa back to the Government house in 2019.

“The decision to host this meeting was urgent. About a year ago, Isoko was in political disarray. Many people were aggrieved. Something happened. The governor in his wisdom, called certain leaders and set up a committee in coalition with the two local government chairmen. Our assignment and motive is not to only ensure victory for Okowa but to win very convincingly.”

Macaulay said the group will also monitor the collation and declaration of results in all units across Isoko Nation.

Immediate Past Commissioner for Public Complaints, Mathais Eto described the movement as first of its kind since politics in Isoko Nation. “What is happening today has not happened in PDP in Isoko through out its political years; that different pressure groups in Isoko are coming together to work. PDP lost because delegations were not taken to heart. Today the narrative has changed. We are taking this election very personal.”

Eto stressed the need for vehemence in all actions by members of the group stressing the need for real participation at both ward and local government level of the party.

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