Okowa, Ibori, Omo-Agege’s men battle for NASS tickets

APART from governorship, the senatorial primaries, in about two weeks, for tickets of the different political parties in Delta South, Delta North and Delta Central Senatorial districts is the next formidable battle in the line-ups for 2023 elections in Delta State.

While certain aspirants are in the contest to strike other political bargains, some are partaking to prove their mettle, but deft moves by political godfathers to settle political scores and assert their powers with some of the runners as willing collaborators, have also manifested.

Taking a deeper look at the contenders, it seems more of a power battle for the soul of Delta state involving stalwarts of three political principalities in the state: incumbent governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa; former governor, Chief James Ibori; and Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.

Senator Peter Nwaoboshi representing Delta North senatorial district, who qualifies as the fourth political principality in his own right is, however, running for a third term ticket in 2023 on his own clout.

They all interface as field commanders and strategic backers in senatorial elections that signpost a divergent party-political milieu in opinionated cunning.

Re-start of Okowa, Nwaoboshi hostilities In Delta North, former Member, House of Representatives, legal consultant and philanthropist, Hon Ned Nwoko, who is in contention with Surveyor Paul Oseji for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ticket appears to be Okowa’s battle-axe to uproot Nwaoboshi, a former state chairman of the party and lawyer, who won the senatorial seat for two tenures on PDP platform, but dumped the party thereafter for All Progressives Congress, APC.

Political watchers think the race between Nwoko and Oseji for Delta PDP senate ticket is predictable, given Nwoko’s influence.

Governor Okowa, who represented Delta North from 2015 -2019 was long speculated to return to the Senate after his stint as governor and lately, under pressure to run for President, but he decided otherwise, especially on the former, after sensibly considering the fact that his daughter, Mrs. Marilyn Okowa-Daramola, is running for Ika North East Constituency seat in the state House of Assembly.

Pundits said the governor would not for any reason let Nwoko or any PDP senatorial candidate to be defeated by Nwaoboshi in the general election, adding: “This is where the real battle lies”. Both leaders (Okowa and Nwaoboshi) have an unfinished political business and Okowa would gladly want to hammer Nwaoboshi, who had long declared his willingness to face him (governor) or any other candidate of PDP for Delta North Senate seat in 2023

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