The political landscape of Delta state for the 2019 general elections in the State is presently heating up.
This is especially so as a political juggernaut of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, has lashed at Olorogun James Onanefe Ibori, at the weekend, after the former governor endorsed serving Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for second tenure.
TheNewsGuru reports Olorogun James Ibori endorsed Governor Okowa for second tenure when Mr Mike Diden, member representing Warri North in the Delta State House of Assembly and friends under the platform of Delta Political Vanguard hosted the former governor to a welcome ceremony last weekend.
Even when Ibori said he was still sleeping and resting, Emerhor, who was the APC’s candidate at the 2015 polls, and also the leader of the party in State, has not taken the endorsement lightly.
He said the move did not come to him as a surprise,
The APC party leader noted that Olorogun Ibori, being the alter ego and defacto principal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, could not have done something to the contrary.
Emerhor said Ibori’s endorsement of Okowa had diffused speculations that the former governor, who recently returned from London after serving a jail term for money laundering and corruption, had sympathy for the APC.
His words: “We in APC Delta State have anticipated this endorsement long ago and are quite prepared to meet him, Okowa and the PDP at the 2019 elections to finally determine which party now owns the state’s political landscape”.
Olorogun James Onanefe Ibori was the Governor of Delta State from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.
Political pundits have argued that the former governor, popularly known as Odidigborigbo of Africa, singlehandedly installed the governor of the State after him, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and present serving governor Okowa, into office.