Political leaders in Okpe, a major ethnic group in Delta State have drawn battle-line with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the Sapele State constituency seat.
Saying, “We are prepared to stake everything in this political war in order to vindicate our cause”.
In a statement in Sapele, signed by the Chairman, Sapele Okpe Community, Mr. Patrick Akamovbe, the leaders urged the good people of Sapele urban to reject at the 2019 polls completely PDP and APC candidates from Sapele rural,”
This position is sequel to speculations that APC and PDP might present candidates from Sapele rural.
But, the leaders vowed to mobilise the women and youths to reject APC and PDP in 2019 should they go ahead to present candidates from Sapele rural.
“A political party can win election only by the will of the people. There abound many people who are well qualified to represent the constituency from Sapele urban. We’ll ensure power shift in 2019,” the leaders said.
Specifically, the leaders urged APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and PDP Chairman, Delta State Chapter, Mr. Kingsley Esiso not to take Sapele urban aspirants for granted.
“There is no force on earth to stop us from installing someone from Sapele urban as member of the Delta State House of Assembly in 2019.”
They stated that ethnic and political leaders in Sapele urban are now united.
“Hon Ejaife Odebala from Amukpe represented Sapele State Constituency from 1999 to 2007. Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya from Elume has been representing the area since 2007.
Sapele urban has over eight wards while Sapele rural has less than three wards. The next representative must come from Sapele urban,” the leaders stated.
“If PDP doesn’t present Sapele urban candidate in 2019, it should better forget the assembly seat” the leaders added.