As the 2019 general elections gathers momentum, a one-time governorship aspirant and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta state, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, has said that no opposition formula or strategy can unseat the PDP from Delta government house come 2019.
Onuesoke’s reaction followed a statement credited to Olorogun O’tega Emerhor over the weekend, where O’tega was quoted to have said the opposition party in the state will not repeat the mistake of 2015 where he and Great Ogboru contested and lost painfully to the PDP.
O’tega made the statement over the weekend when Professor Pat Utomi, a governorship aspirant under the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC), paid him a consultation visit at his residence in Evwreni, Ughelli north local government area of Delta state.
Emerhor said: “As an individual, I have decided along with other committed APC leaders who really want change in Delta state that we will not do things the same way again this time because the opposition in Delta has not had this type of opportunity that is available to us today.
“You will recall that in 2015, I ran for the governorship of Delta state, and still have the capacity to do that now. But I took a decision not to run because the environment supports a different formula and that formula excludes me and that is why I am not out there consulting like others.”
However, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, a strong member of the PDP, said from all indications, there is no formula or new strategy that will be employed by the opposition in Delta that could be of threat to the PDP family in Delta state.
According to him: “The truth remains that PDP is too strong in Delta state to be concerned with the opposition formula or strategy. The failure rate of the APC at the federal level has made it even more difficult for the people of Delta to accept the opposition here in the state.
“PDP, as led by our amiable governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, is waxing stronger and stronger in the state, soon there will be an avalanche of defection from the opposition to our party which will result in final and total collapse of the opposition structure if there is any one existing in the state.”