Delta 2019: Zoning, intrigues shape APC contest
WITH roughly six months to the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship primary in Delta State, hustling for the party’s governorship ticket is increasingly being redefined along sectional lines in a way that could put the opposition party out of depth in its challenge to the dominance of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
The shape of the re-alignment of forces in the APC came after leaders of the party from Delta South Senatorial district pledged support to Delta North to produce the party’s candidate for the 2019 governorship election.
The decision follows successive emergence of governors from Delta Central, (James Ibori 1999-2007) and Delta South (Emmanuel Uduaghan, 2007-2015) all on the platform of the PDP.
The incumbent, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa who was also elected on the PDP platform, is expected to complete his first term in 2019. The purpose of the alliance is to stop him from a second term which the APC chieftains hope to grab using any of the major aspirants from Delta North. APC leaders from Delta North at an emergency meeting hosted by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu last month at his country home, had reiterated their position on the need for the party’s candidate to emerge from their district.