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Erstwhile Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Victor Ochei, Thursday submitted his nomination forms for the 2015 Delta State Governorship election at the National Headquarters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abuja, heralded by a colouful-carnival-like atmosphere.

At hand to receive Ochei who arrived the secretariat with his wife, Hanatu, as well as hundreds of supporters was the party’s National Organising Secretary (NOS), Alhaji Abubakar Mustapher, who ushered the aspirant into his Wadata Plaza office.

The train of Ochei’s supporters which THEWILL gathered travelled from Delta and across the nation was in rapturous mood when Ochei arrived at exactly 12 noon Thursday to keep his appointment at the secretariat.

He told waiting reporters that his mission was to formally register his interest with the ruling party and promised to provide a leadership that will bring Delta State and her vibrant people the very best.

Rt. Hon Ochei called on his supporters and all Deltans at home and in Diaspora to gear up for an eruption of creative endeavours that his quest for Government House Asaba would unleash.

Ochei later departed the PDP Wadata Secretariat of the party to attend a civic reception hosted for him by Chief Chika Chiejine, the CEO of Savannah Suites Hotel, Abuja, at his residence, where he formally declared his Governorship interest saying: ‘Delta deserves the best, the better prepared and the best equipped intellectually, morally, technically and spiritually to deliver development for our people at this critical time. I am formally declaring my intention to seek the party’s flag upon the submission of my expression of interest and nomination forms by the special grace of God.’

Some of those in attendance included Chief Uche Okpuno of ULO Group; Chief A.C Okocha; Rtd. Gen Iweze; Barr. Ms. Bekere Clark; Hon Olorogun George Oyefia; Barr. Mrs. Kachikwu; and Mrs. Uche Shirley Njoku amongst others.

The PDP Governorship primary elections have been slated for November 29, 2014, nationwide.

Source: TheWill

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.

Rt Hon Ochei's 2015 gubernatorial aspiration experienced an up thrust at Kiagbodo when revered elder statesman Chief E. K. Clark described him as being eminently qualified for the governorship of the state considering the impressive track record of transformation already established in previous capacity.

Chief Clark made this statement during Rt Hon Ochei's consultative visit to his Kiagbodo.  country home.

In his observation, the octogenarian stated that the composition of Ochei's entourage which comprised all ethnic groups in the state is an attestation to the fact that he(Ochei) is a detribalised Deltan adding that '' it will take only a person with this outstanding characteristic to bring peace and progress to Delta State.

He also disclosed that neither him nor any individual can impose any candidate,  adding that Delta State cannot afford a repeat of the 2006 experience, which brought about bickering that retarded progress in the state.

He therefore prayed to the Almighty God to grant Rt Hon Ochei his heart's desire of governing the state, where corruption, favoritism and imperialism will be eradicated.

Earlier in his address, Rt Hon Ochei submitted that the consultative visit was borne out the fact that nobody could diminish Pa Clark's clout in contributing to the emergence of gubernatorial candidate.

The Speaker Emeritus equally disclosed that his gubernatorialis aspiration arose from the desire to improve on the foundations laid by forebearers with the ultimate objective of bringing quality service to mankind, humanity and indeed Deltans.

The immediate past Vice Chairman(Delta North) of the People's Democratic Party(PDP), Ogbuefi Eric Angela has described Rt Hon Victor Ochei' gubernatorial ambition as one that will bring about meaningful transformation in Delta State If voted in.
He made the when Rt Hon Ochei paid him a consultative visit in his Obiaruku country home.
According to him, Rt Hon Ochei' massive transformation of the Delta State House of Assembly is an indication that given the opportunity, Ochei will replicate his performance as the Chief Executive Officer of Delta State,  adding that " most times,  I no longer recognize the present Assembly complex because of the massive face-lift given to it.
Continuing, he observed that " it is only natural to support his ambitious  and pray to the Almighty God to assist him in the actualization his dream of becoming the Governor of Delta State come 2015.

 

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