By John Oghojafor
The leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), and the Delta 2015 governorship candidate, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor has said that he would not allow his personal political interest to be an impediment to the party’s quest to take over Delta state government house in 2019.
Emerhor who stated this while addressing members and leaders of the Mainstream Delta APC, a political pressure group at his country home at Evwreni, weekend, noted that he would rather play the role of a kingmaker in order for the party to win the next election in Delta State.
He tasked party leaders in the state to put the interest of the party and its successes in future election far above their personal interest by making the necessary sacrifices to put the party in a better stand to chase PDP out of the state.
Said he: “Olorogun O’tega Emerhor’s ambition cannot stop us from going to Asaba, it would never happen, we must get there. If Okowa thinks we are senseless, he is wrong. When it comes to this matter, there is no Ijaw, Urhobo, Ibo, Isoko or Itsekiri man but only an APC and we must drive Okowa out of Government House and that is what we want to do. That is what we are here for. Personally, if we find somebody that would help us win, I am ready to be a kingmaker.”
Speaking further on the party’s governorship hopeful in the state, Emerhor stated that all the leaders in the caucus would meet and consider some salient criteria required for such person, adding that they must avoid failing this time around.
“And all the leaders in the caucus would meet and we would look at that person and ask, if we want to win this governorship what should we do or consider? What are the calculations? We can’t just carry somebody because he has a so- called structure and makes him a governorship candidate, because we are tired of failing.”
He added that the MDA is a gathering of like minds in Delta APC, that want to enlarge APC membership in the State and also protect and promote the political interest of its members within Delta APC.
He also predicted that with leaders and members of MDA, the group will produce the next state party chairman and that they will also fight for the next state secretary in the upcoming congress of the party, even to the 25 LGs in the state.
He also enjoined the party faithful to be steadfast, noting that the reason they are suffering is because APC does not have a seating governor at Asaba, adding that it’s important that they have a governor in 2019 in Delta state.
“Take a look at Edo or Lagos state, they do not suffer like us and that is why we have to ensure that this our suffering should end by ensuring that a governor comes from our midst.
And for us to be able to do that, we must continue to make sacrifices, as we can only do it together from the ward to the state level. We must continue to build and be strong because a contest is coming as some among us here are people that are running for elections.