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In Delta State, five people still top the race for governorship, writes Michael Akpore

Politics in this part of the world has for a long time been defined by a devious colour of brute force, Gangsterism and Godfatherism, a phenomenon that has robbed the game of the finesse, fidelity and exotic qualities of progressive political ideals which are the driving principles of government in the developed world.

We have lived for too long under the illusion that politics is a game for social deviants, men and women who have no contract with honour; people of banal value for integrity and the rugged products of the world of the occult. We have blamed the system for too long without giving thought to how we can collectively contribute our Quota to effect the changes we seek to achieve.

More often than not, we have made the wrong choice for the wrong reasons. For this our politics, our society have suffered greatly. But this time, as it concerns Deltans, we need to field someone with credible leadership qualities, impeccable character, integrity and a heart of service to the people to continue the good work of Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan in 2015.

Currently, there are over 20 notable men and women vying for the number one seat. These people, in their various capacities, have the needed credentials for the position, but caution must be taken as to whom would serve the people with sincere heart when elected at this time.

Delta State is going to experience yet another round of tough decision making process because the best candidate must be allowed to occupy the exalted seat with a view to representing the needs of the people  in reducing poverty, constructing roads, creating jobs and bringing investments opportunities to the state at large.

Senator Ifeanyi Okowa
He is a serving senator representing Delta North senatorial district. He was born on the July 8, 1959 at Owa-Alero in the present Ika North-east Local Government Area of Delta State. Over the years, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa is said to have displayed a highly developed craftsmanship in his work and the evidence of his constructive leadership, according to some of his supporters, is seen in his growing political profile.

Dr. Okowa is a favorite amongst many Deltans and he enjoys the support of Izu Anioma, the umbrella body of all Anioma cultural organisations, amongst other cultural groups. He is popularly called ‘the man with the grassroots touch’ and he’s well received at home.
As the 2015 governorship election is drawing closer, he has yet again registered his interests in the position, having failed three attempts in the past. Could it be he’s really not well received as perceived? Or he is not yet seen as a state-wide leader? Your guess is as good as mine.

Andrew Foubiri Warri
Born on July 15, 1970 at Ogbobagbene, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, Dr. Andrew Foubiri Warri has become the centre of attraction for many years for his uncommon interest and passion as a change agent in Delta State and across Nigeria. Dr. Warri is a strong motivator and exceptional growth driver.

A selfless leader, worthy of emulation; no wonder the youths have aligned with him as he has over time declared publicly that he is joining the governorship race in Delta State for ‘the sake of humanity’.

This statement is considered to be true as he has over the years shown true kindness to local communities in providing adequate medicare and attention to those needed it the most. In all honesty, Dr. Warri is presenting the ‘New Order’ in the politics of Delta State as he is the youngest amongst the people vying for the position and he is the most adored by the youths of Delta StateHe is a recipient of multiple industries and organisational awards for superior leadership, performance and contributions.

As a medical consultant to the NDDC on its Special Medical Referral Programme, Dr. Warri has till date treated surgically, more than 1,300 (One Thousand Three Hundred) Niger Delta indigenes within and outside the country. He is indeed people-centric and the people of Delta State must do well to embrace and work it in the future.

He is branded as an "Exceptional Achiever" that has the people in mind concerning everything that he is committed to doing. With his many qualifications, attributes and certificates, it will be fair to state here that Dr Warri is in the top five.

Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi
From Delta Central senatorial district, former Hon Minister of State for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, is a chieftain of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), an industrialist, attorney and a criminologist. He is regarded with admiration by all and sundry in the state.

Gbagi is honoured as the first African-born member of the Rotary International Arch C. Klumph society and the youngest lawyer ever to head the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria. He was born September 22, 1961 into the family of Gbagi in Oginibo, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State.

As we may be familiar or aware of such an acceptable personality in the politics of Delta State, we must all realise that once again, Olorogun Gbagi has indicated strong interests to contest the governorship position in Delta State come 2015. It is a race he believes he is qualified to take over from Dr Uduaghan. Even though much result was not recorded in his service in public office, he is hopeful to be accepted.

Ngozi Juliet Olejeme
A well-known politician in Delta State, Dr. Ngozi Olejeme has been in active politics in Nigeria and a gubernatorial aspirant in the state on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in 2007. A successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, she has a record of success in administrative governance and business management. Olejeme hails from Asaba in Delta State of Nigeria. She has also drawn the attention of her supporters that she’ll be vying for the office of the governor of Delta State.

Currently, she is a member, Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) and was a federal government delegate (South-South) at the National Conference. Indeed, the race is for the high and mighty in Delta State, but we must all embrace the fact that, the voice of the people is the voice of God, hence the people must be allowed to speak in one voice amongst these men and women who want to govern Nigeria’s most economic vibrant State.

However, Dr Olejeme who's seen as representing the women wing in the race will need to do more to draw them together. But nothing has been seen in this area for now.

Elder Godsday Peter Orubebe
The immediately past minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, was born onJune 6, 1959 at Ogbobagbene, Burutu Local Government Area in Delta State. Orubebe became a supervisory Councillor and later Chairman of Burutu LGA before he was appointed Minister for Special Duties in 2007 by the late President Umaru Yar'Adua.

Orubebe is seen as the long serving minister from the Niger Delta region since democracy in the country, but sadly little or no achievements were recorded whilst he was serving the people of Niger Delta.

Few days after President Goodluck Jonathan fired him, Orubebe declared his intention to contest the 2015 governorship election in Delta State. Although the race is for everyone with credible qualities to govern Delta State, Orubebe seems to have nothing credible about him.
-Akpore wrote from Warri

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