Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, has stated that the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki would restore unity to the South-South region.
Chairman of PANDEF, Air Commodore IndogesitNkanang yesterday expressed hope that Obaseki’s victory would make Niger-Delta governors think along the same direction by implementing the Peoples Democratic Party’s, PDP, manifesto in the region.
He added that since the PDP had won in Edo State, it would bring harmony among sister states that are of the same party as it would enable them discuss political issues with common party manifesto.
He, however, recalled that the Niger Delta people were happy that development would be facilitated in the zone when South-South governors conceived the BRACED commission, that is, Bayelsa, Rivers, AkwaIbom, Cross River, Edo and Delta, but unfortunately, the zone at some point lost Edo State to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Nkanang, a former military administrator ofAkwaIbom State, also described Obaseki’s victory as a victory for democracy, admitting that the people were initially apprehensive over the outcome of the election but at the end their votes counted.
The PDP stalwart said his victory was proof that godfatherismis coming to an end in the country as the people were able to vote their candidate irrespective of who the godfather wanted.
“Godfatherism, we are seeing the end of it. Adams Oshiomhole came to power preaching that godfatherism will come to an end in Edo State. I remember the days of Tony Anenih and the rest of them saying no to godfatherism. He was lucky he went in at that time.
“So people must have been very upset that after doing that, he turned himself into a god, not just a godfather, he wanted to be god and of course, the people rejected him.
“The victory is a sweet relief to PANDEF because all the governors of the South-South would now be free to speak knowing that their political thinking will be the same,” he added.
Nkanang maintained that he was not surprised that BRACED Commission was doing very well when it first started and that everybody was happy within the Niger Delta region, as they were thinking alike.
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