Delta APC 2019: Ogboru’s fate hanging as Presidency, Tinubu, others zeros on Utomi


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Chief Great Ogboru
By Kparobo Ehvwubare
Except miracle happen, the 2019 governorship ambition of Great Ogboru may have hit the rock if the information at our disposal is anything to go by.
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Prof. Pat Utomi
Dependable Presidency sources has confided on our correspondent that the 2019 gubernatorial ambition of Great Ogboru is currently hanging following the decision reached recently by Presidency and major stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress, APC to field the governorship candidate from Delta north, a development that may send Ogboru gubernatorial ambition into political oblivion.
According to our sources who spoke in confidence told our correspondent that President Buhari kitchen cabinet, APC national leader, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, Gov. Nasil El-rufai, among others have insisted on Prof. Pat Utomi whom they described as a man known across the globe to be the gubernatorial flag bearer come 2019.
The choice of Pat Utomi came recently after series of meetings among the party national hierarchy in their bid to wrestle power from PDP in Delta State, where it was said that apart from the national Chairman of the All Progress Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole who initially was said to be supporting Ogboru, that is from Delta Central senatorial district, the other party national leaders and State party hierarchy agreed to zone the governorship to Delta north senatorial district.
The sources explained that after several screening within the party, the party pendulum was said to be swinging in favour of Pat Utomi against the likes of Victor Ochei, Caro Ojougboh said to be eyeing the governorship seat.
According to investigations by our correspondent, some State party leaders was said to be supporting Mr. Victor Ochei, who according to them has the war chest to match Okowa in the race, but unconfirmed reports stated that security reports against Ochei was what the presidency was said to be considering, hence the choice of Utomi was recently reached, being a political economist and a renowned personality across the globe.

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Victor Ochei
But the State party leaders are of the opinion that Mr. Utomi is not known at the grassroot, a critical area the State party leadership who are supporting Delta north governorship think that may put the party at disadvantage, appealing to the party hierarchy at the national level to field Mr. Victor Ochei that would coast the party to victory come 2019.
Some of the APC governorship aspirants contacted on phone denied knowledge of such endorsement of Mr. Pat Utomi, hinting that it would be easy if the party hierarchy look inward for a grassroot politician from the Delta north for the governorship election, stressing that the party would chose its candidate through primaries.

They also explained to our correspondent that fielding the party candidate from the Delta north, the same district with the incumbent Gov. Okowa would put the party at a better position to win the election, rather than scouting for the party candidate from other senatorial districts.
While advising Mr. Ogboru to give peace a chance by allowing the party hierarchy to field the party candidate from Delta north senatorial district.

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