From Paul Osuyi, Asaba 

Governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Sheriff Oborevwori on Tuesday insisted that a national leader of the party and former governor of the state, James Ibori, was not against his candidacy.

Ibori who considered as an influential power broker in the state, has remained indifferent since Oborevwori’s emergence as candidate, fuelling speculations that the party leader was aggrieved over the loss of his preferred choice, David Edevbie at the primaries.

The former governor has also not make any public appearance for the PDP since the campaigns started.

Speaking in Asaba when he appeared at The Platform, a flagship programme of the Delta State council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oborevwori said Ibori remained a national leader of the PDP, insisting that the former governor was not opposed to him.

Oborevwori who is the current Speaker of the state House of Assembly expressed confidence of the securing Ibori’s endorsement. 

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He said his M.O.R.E agenda comprising of Meaningful Development; Opportunities for all; Realistic Reforms; and Enhanced Peace and Security is designed to make Delta State greater, if elected.

“My social contract with Deltans is a positive affirmation of continuity, boldly recognising and building on the commendable legacies of Governor Okowa and by the grace of God, the in- coming Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

“The M.O.R.E agenda will sustain the highly successful Okowa’s Stronger Delta agenda, which has given rise to outstanding achievements in physical and human capital development across all parts of the state. 

“I will serve as governor for all Deltans, irrespective of social status, religion and tribe. I will be fair, just and accessible to all, whether Urhobo, Anioma, Itsekiri, Ijaw or Isoko as well as non-indigenes in the state. 

“I have the capacity and experience to make Delta proud and do more for the present and future generations,” he said.