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History’s prime sublime attribute flourishes when a remarkable and epoch making event occurs, which more often than not is a clear departure from routine expectations.
Such was the setting on a sunny Sunday afternoon precisely on October 26, 2015, when the historic town of Kiagbodo in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State practically shut down as Rt Hon (Engr) Victor Onyekachi Ochei in furtherance of his gubernatorial aspiration, paid a consultative visit to the revered elder statesman, Chief E.K Clark, who in all ramifications is a big force to reckon with in and outside the political realm of Delta and indeed Nigeria.
The historic significance of the consultative visit provided a double-barrelled import that resonates beyond mere political rhetoric. In other words, it was a concrete attestation to the acceptability of Ochei’s gubernatorial aspiration by the revered Pa E.K. Clark.

One salient import from the visit was, Chief E.K. Clark’s patronising and warm reception accorded Rt Hon Ochei and his entourage. This much reflected in  Pa Clark’s response to Ochei’s speech. He said “Victor Ochei is my son and considering the calibre of personalities in his entourage, I am left with no option than to say that I am pleased with him. Not done, he continued” I can see from the composition of the entourage that you(Ochei ) are really a detribalised Deltan because from my observation and conviction, all ethnic nationalities in the state are represented in your entourage and it is only someone with such sterling quality that can ensure peace and progress in Delta State”.

Before Pa Clark’s submission above, Rt Hon Ochei had intimated him of his desire to become the governor of Delta State in 2015, a yearning occasioned by the compelling need to offer result oriented leadership that will positively impact the lives of Deltans.

He(Ochei) equally harped on his hope to create a Delta where ethnicity, nepotism, imperialism and impunity will not have a place to thrive.
One other most striking significance of the consultation was the presence of the movers and shakers of Delta State spread across the three senatorial zones of the state and even beyond, which succinctly underscored the truism in the Shakespearean epic classic Julius Caesar when Metellus said, “ O, let us have him, for his silver hairs will purchase us a good opinion and buy us men’s voices to commend our deeds, it shall be said his judgement ruled our hands....”

As a corollary to the afore quoted Shakespearean piece, it could be incontrovertibly deduced that indeed the array of sliver haired personalities assisted in no small measure to Pa Clark’s ostensible endorsement of Rt Hon Ochei’s candidacy, when he said “ I am at home with your entourage because I know most of them(in the entourage) by their first names and even aliases.

For the likes of Obi(Senator) Nosike Ikpo, a two time Senator in the second republic who gave a preamble to Ochei’s speech, Maj- Gen O. E. Obadan (Retd) the first military Aide-De-Camp to Nigeria’s first President Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, High Chief Sergeant Uredi, who is the National Chairman of the influential Isoko Leaders And Elders Council, High Chief Paul Eriri, a colossal figure in the dynamics of Isoko Politics, Professor Okobia, one time Vice-Chancellor, Delta State University Abraka, Chief Godwin Ogbetuo, Hon(Mrs) Judith Enamuotor, member of the Board of Trustees, Peoples Democratic Party, and Senator Rowland Owie are veritable assortment of dignitaries from the three senatorial zones of the state and beyond which by all acceptable parameters underscored the detribalised nature of the aspirant (Ochei).

What with, other accomplished chieftains in diverse fields of endeavour who also graced the occasion. Dr Wilson Omene, Chief Kuti Dafe, Hon(Mrs ) Eda Ekamere, Olorogun(Hon) George Oyefia-a two time legislator, DTHA, Chief Be, Chief Lucky Ukuerere, Barrister Bright Iwhiwhu, Princess Dukuye Okiemute, Deacon Emakpor Francis to list but a few.

Delta South also registered an impressive presence with the likes of Hon Ojere Edeyibo, Hon (Barr) Silas Buowe both former members of the Delta State Legislature, Mrs Ikanone- PDP Women Leader in Warri North LGA, Mr Kings Zuokmor-former Chairman of RUWANSA, Barr(Mrs) Mary Erijo, Chief Baro Zuokmor, Chief Timi Laibi, Chief Patrick Ebiowei, Pastor  Joseph Jakpa, Mr Tonye Timi and Mrs Esther Abrakata.

Similarly, Delta North also paraded a paragon of dignitaries which complemented the remarkable assortment from the two other senatorial zones.
Beside Obi (Sen) Nosike Ikpo, a second republic two time senator, whose speech preceded Rt Hon Ochei address, tacitly accentuated the representation from the Anioma axis. Other notable personages included octogenarian Ogbuefi Efe who is reputed for sharing the same political landscape with the founding fathers of Nigerian political odyssey such as the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo of the Action Group fame, Chief(Mrs) Anna Egbo, Princess(Barr) Mrs Ada Kachikwu- chairman of the Delta State House of Assembly Commission, Sir Vincent Ugbelase, one time Commissioner for Commerce in Delta State, Mr Ephraim Osubor, former General Manager of the Delta State Broadcasting Service,  Mr Uche Uraih, a two time Chairman of The Delta State Broadcasting Service, Mr Jerry Ossai- former Works Commissioner in Delta State and Council Chairman, Aniocha South LGA, Hon(Chief) Barr Cal Nwawolo- former Special Adviser on Chieftaincy Affairs to Governor James Ibori as well as being a former Chairman of the Aniocha North Local Government Area. There was also Mr Emmanuel Bazim Chinye- Coordinator, Anioma Peoples Network. 

From overseas was Barr Charles Chukwuedo (Snr), the convener of the influential Umu Anioma In Diaspora group.
In reality, no one would hesitate to recognise the inherent potency derivable from the array of these dignitaries, which cut across the three senatorial zones of the state and even beyond.

It suffices therefore to posit that these personalities from the diverse ethnic groups in Delta found communality and amity in Rt Hon Ochei’s candidacy, a development which further postures Ochei as pan-Delta model, which Chief Clark harped on as the prerequisite for progressive governance.
In a nutshell, need anyone doubt Rt Hon Ochei’s gubernatorial success? The answer is a capital NO. Reason being that its realisation, which is imminent will assuredly open a new vista in transformational and developmental governance in Delta state.

 

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