The governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Delta State, Great Ovedje Ogboru says his party is ”#Obidient-compliant” and will be victorious at next weekend’s gubernatorial election.
Ogboru was speaking on Saturday’s Arise TV‘s The Morning Show.
He said although there is no formal alliance between APGA and Labour Party there is “very little difference” between the two parties. Ogboru hopes #Obidient voters will help give his party victory, but the LP itself has its own candidate, Ken Pela.
The #Obidient movement which has become the darling of the political class helped LP win the state in the February 25 presidential poll defeating both the ruling APC and main opposition PDP to third and second positions respectively, according to official results now disputed. Unofficial reports claim LP had a sweeping landslide of up to 85% of votes cast.
#Obidient is a movement built around the political philosophy of “competence, capacity, character and compassion in public leadership” espoused by its founder and leader, Peter Obi who came third in the presidential polls.
Great Ogboru, himself a former LP member and its governorship candidate in 2011 had just moved to APGA in 2021 just before the #Obidient phenomenon was birthed.
This is his sixth attempt at the governorship of his state.
Asked whether his indictment in the 1990 coup plot against the military junta of Gen Babangida could have pitched him against the Nigerian political establishment, Ogboru answered, “We are democrats. It is not the government that will entrust me with power. It is the people of Delta state”, saying however that the government then “dropped all the charges against me and this was gazetted”.
Discussing his manifesto, Ogboru emphasized his “17-point agenda based on the UN sustainable development goals” which he says is his anchor for the socio-economic transformation of the state.
The manifesto also includes a novel “Equal Opportunities Local Government Initiative” in which a board overseeing the 25 local government areas of the state will receive a budget of N200 million per LGA targeting homegrown agenda of each LGA.
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