Plans are in high gear for Ijaws to create a single aspirant who will emerge through a consensus agreement inside the People’s Democratic Party PDP ahead of the 2023 guber election in Delta state.
Ijaw leaders, stakeholders, politicians, and traditional rulers were escorted by the Delta-Ijaw for Governor 2023 advocacy group to a closed-door meeting in Warri on Monday, December 20, 2021, with Ijaw governorship contenders in attendance.
Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, Delta state’s deputy governor; Sen. James Manager, representing Delta South Senatorial District; and Chief Braduce Angozi, among others, convened to discuss how to find a consensus candidate.
These measures could be linked to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s advice to the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) to reduce the number of Delta Central candidates vying to succeed him in 2023.
The Delta Central 2023 (DC-23) lobby organization set up a prunning/screening committee of gubernatorial hopefuls, and after submitting its reports, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, Senator Emmanuel Aguariavwodo, Chief James Augoye, Chief David Edevbie, and Rt. Hon. Chief Sheriff Oborevwori made the list.
With the fight still going on, Ijaws are devising plans to elect a consensus candidate to the governorship.
Despite appeals to abandon the plan and wait until 2030, the Ijaws refuse to submit and allow the Urhobos access to Delta government headquarters.