By Eseoghene Emuke
One of the leading governorship aspirants in the Wednesday’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries in Delta State has officially reacted to the emergence of the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly as the governorship candidate of the PDP for 2023 general elections.
Edevbie, the preferred candidate of former Governor James Ibori, lost to Oborevwori who had the backing of the incumbent Governor Ifeanyi OKowa during Wednesday’s primaries held at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.
Oborevwori scored 590 votes to emerged winner, while Edevbie, who came distance second, polled 113 votes.
But reacting to Oborevwori’s victory, Edevbie, a former Principal Secretary to late President Musa Yar’Adua and three time commissioner in Delta State, blamed his defeat on “unsavoury factors” in the process leading to the primaries.
He commended the delegates and the people of the state for their support throughout the period of consultations and primaries.
Edevbie said, “After several months of consultations and crisscrossing the length and breadth of our dear State, the Delta State PDP Governorship Primary was finally held today May 25.
“Though the result was unfavourable, I am humbled by the immense goodwill shown to me across the entire State. I thank all Deltans and members of our Party, particularly the youth, for your enthusiasm and support through the process.
“We are driven by the vision and a strong passion for the development of our dear State, and we remain encouraged that most Deltans share in this vision.
“Though several unsavoury factors came into play in our politics, particularly over the last few months, we remain steadfast in our aspiration for a modernised Delta to be bequeathed to the next generation.”
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