BY TONY NWAKA
Elections are not conducted on social media. In fact, majority of people who vote in Nigeria are not on social media. So, ordinarily, the pulse of the social media shouldn’t be a reliable index for electoral configurations.
But if you are among those who believe the social media could be an indicator of possibilities, then you might find the following highlights interesting.
I was able to distill some expected epic battles from postulations in the social media and, from the aggregation of opinions, it seems that the elections in some constituencies would be quite interesting. That is to say, if the underlisted fixtures were to take place at the stadium today, the tickets would have been long sold out.
Ethiopia East State Assembly Constituency: Innocent Anidi (APC) v Evance Ivwurie (PDP)
Ordinarily, one would give this to the irrepressible Evance, a grassroots politician with uncommon appetite for scholarship. But there is a curious angle to this contest; Ethiope East is the local government of Chief Great Ogboru, the APC gubernatorial candidate. Popular calculations seem to suggest that even if the APC standard bearer is to lose every other place, he will fight to the death to defend his home ground.
But when you recall that Evance is himself a tested war horse, then you’ll begin to appreciate the epic battle coming up in Ethiope East. The fight is not really between Evance and Anidi but Evance and Ogboru. What a cracker!
Uvwie, Sapele, Okpe federal constituency: Efe Afe (PDP) v Monday Igbuya (APC)
This is essentially a contest between two veterans of the Delta State House of Assembly. They have been in the thick of political battles. They both know what it takes to win elections. On the surface, pundits may point toward Igbuya; three-time council chairman, former ALGON Chairman, three-time member and immediate past speaker of Delta House of Assembly.
But I must say that Efe Afe, two-time member of DTHA, has proven that he is no push over. Many people believe he is an enigma. They appear to wonder how a man who has been out of political office for almost a decade, could sweep to victory in a PDP primaries that paraded renowned political heavyweights. Efe Afe definitely packs a killer punch. You’ll only underrate him to your own peril.
Delta Central Senatorial District: Ovie Omo-Agege (APC) v Evelyn Oboroh (PDP)
Hmmmm. This is the big one. What a contest? Evelyn Oboroh, former council chairman, two-time member federal house of representatives. There has been much speculation about her chances against an incumbent male senator in Delta Central; an area largely adjudged the base of APC in Delta State. And, she is not just contesting against a serving senator, but a formidable fighter.
A rugged Ovie Omo-Agege who takes no prisoners, even at the peak of national politics. This battle will definitely be intriguing. Yes, be not deceived by Evelyn’s harmless femininity and unassuming beauty. Her political fortress is as impregnable as a rock. This first female Urhobo legislator is an Amazon that bulldozes where angels fear to tread.
I believe Omo-Agege knows the pedigree of Evelyn. I doubt he would be carried away by any macho grandstanding. He’s got a real battle ahead of him. Something tells me the 2019 Delta Central senatorial election will be a contest to remember