2023: Sakpra Debunks Rumours Of Running For Deputy Governor | Independent Newspapers Nigeria

Warri– Chief Henry Afure Sakpra, honourable Commissioner for Special Duties, Government House, Asaba has debunked rumours making the round that he was interested in being running mate to a Delta South gubernatorial hopeful for 2023, stressing that the rumours were concocted by mischief makers to drag him down and pitch him against the general interest of Urhobo people of Delta Central.

In a press statement released to newsmen on Friday when he played host to the Urhobo Youth Leaders Association at his country home in Ovwian, Udu Local Government Area of Delta State, Chief Sakpra described the rumours as handwork of his detractors and political opponents within Udu who are hell-bent on pulling him down for them to rise.

He disclosed that he was not ignorant of the rotation arrangement in place which gravitate the position of Governor to Delta Central in 2023 and that it was his passion to join other Deltans to ensure Delta central produced the governor of Delta State yet again in 2023.

Sakpra described the rumours as nothing but a ‘’mere product of political misadventure by a confused comic contortionists who dread my rising political profile and are determined to paint me as an unbridled political bigot without respect for authority so that they can gain some advantage over me before my Leader and His Excellency. But their plans have failed. I know those behind the wicked and depraved rumour. They are mere political upstarts with malicious tendency to run me down and position themselves as the new bride on the table of the Governor’’.

He added that with his political experience and academic qualifications, none of those running for governor were better qualified for the position than he is, emphasizing that ‘’nothing can impel me to stand in the way of Urhobo producing the next Governor of Delta State. The mood in the state favours Urhobo and as an illustrious son of Urhobo, that is where I stand’’, the former Udu Council boss quipped.

‘’These rumours are characterized by strong underlying political subterfuge, thoughtless strategies and technically unsound infantile tantrums designed to drag me on the path of infamy. To add salt to a debilitating diabetes wound that is festering at a life-threatening rate, the promoters of this propaganda against my interest are working with political war-lords from within and outside our party to whip up sentiments against me in order to bring me down. But my God will certainly vanquish those who are beating the ruinous drum of perfidy for my downfall.

‘’I wish to add that if anytime in the future I should have any ambition to pursue, the first person to be consulted would be my Leader, my icon, my mentor, my inspiration and Political benefactor, His Excellency, Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, Governor of Delta State, whom God has used to lift me to this giddy height of political attainment, a man who has impacted my life and greatly motivated me to expand my political base to the delight of all. To him I will ever remain grateful. I have learnt so much and I am still learning at his feet. His managerial ingenuity, administrative capability, ideological propriety and political decorum and doggedness are ineffable and enchanting. Those who strive to drive a wedge between me and my boss are on a wild goose chase’’, Sakpra added.

Earlier in his address, the Urhobo Youth Leaders Association led by Chief Anthony Ofoni appealed to all Urhobo sons and daughters to stand firm for the interest of Urhobo in the 2023 polls, noting that the rumours of Sakpra’s interest in running for deputy governor was gaining currency hence the need to clear the air and urge all to stand for what is right. He expressed delight with the assurances and commitment of Chief Henry Sakpra to the Urhobo cuase, assuring that the group would continue to reach out to other Urhobo leaders and leaders from Delta North and South for smooth transition to Delta Central in 2023.

Other Urhobo leaders who spoke at the meeting were Chief Austin Atiti, Chief Westham Adehor and others.

Among Udu leaders who were with Chief Henry Sakpra during the visit were Hon Chief Peter Okagbare Uviejitobor, Member representing Udu in the Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Keston Okoro, former Member of DTHA, Peter Ogho Okpikpi, Chief Joseph Odjeni, Prince Sam Ughwujowhovwo, former PDP Chairman, Udu LGA, Chief Love Okoro, Mrs Grace Mragbozo and many others.

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