PDP Primaries: How Deltans Resisted Hereditary Politics

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Some political godfathers in Delta State, South-South Nigeria were stopped in their attempt to foist their kids as anointed candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during the party’s primaries that were conducted yesterday May 23, 2022.

Erhiatake Ibori, daughter of Chief James Ibori, the ex-convict former governor of the state, was stopped as PDP’s flagbearer for Ethiope Federal Constituency.

The election was between Ms Ibori, the incumbent Mr. Ben Igbakpa and a third aspirant, Emeneofe Ufuoma ended with the first two scoring 34 votes each and Ufuoma scoring zero.

A re-run has been planned for Ibori-Suenu and Ufuoma.

The setback for Ibori’s daughter followed the defeat of her cousin, Orode Uduaghan, daughter of another former governor of the state.

She was defeated by the incumbent member of the Warri North State Constituency, Mr. Fred Martins who polled 25 votes against her seven votes.

It was a different outcome for the daughter of another prominent a political godfather, Marilyn Okowa-Daramas she picked the ticket for Ika North East constituency unopposed.

There has been speculations of a rift between Mr. James Ibori and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa over disagreement on who flies the PDP ticket in 2023.

Eritakae Ibori was a senior legislative aide to Okowa when he served in the Senate between 2011 and 2014. She left the position to contest for a position in the Delta State House of Assembly and served for two terms before her present bid to unseat the member representing the Ethiope Federal Constituency.

Ibori who governed Delta State between 1999 and 2007 recently pleaded with PDP political leaders in Ethiope, to deliver his daughter at the election.

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