Elder statesman and leader of Pan Niger Delta Forum, Edwin Clark, has given his blessings to the governorship candidate of the Labour Party, in Delta State, Ken Pella.
Clark declared his blessing on Pela during a courtesy visit to the candidate at his residence in Abuja on Monday.
The elder statesman said, “My hope, whoever becomes the governor of Delta State, my home state, should be a straightforward person, competent, respected and with good character, not a person that will ‘eat’ our money at the expense of the state.
“Nothing can prevent me from giving my blessing, so God will therefore guide you.
“You will have my blessings and my sons are in the field, whoever follows the process and wins is my governor.
Fielding questions from journalists, the governorship candidate noted that this election season is unlike the previous ones as power is vested in the people, and the chances of the LP are bright because they have the people’s support.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had rescheduled the governorship and state House of Assembly elections from March 11 to 18, due to litigation by the LP and the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidates who prayed the court to grant their lawyers leave to inspect the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, owing to controversies in the aftermath of the presidential and National Assembly elections’ results.
The governorship candidate who maintained that the chances of his party winning Delta State in the March 18 governorship election were very bright, however, lamented that INEC acted with impunity by not transmitting the presidential election results according to the Electoral Act of 2022.
While mocking the ruling APC in the state, which was beaten by his party during the presidential election, the governorship candidate said Clark’s blessing to him was more than words.
He said, “The chances of the Labour Party are very bright in Delta and I am sure that we are all aware that in the last election, the PDP, the ruling party in Delta, was beaten for the first time by an opposition party.
“This election circle is different, power resides with the people. Our chances are very bright because we believe the people are solidly behind us. We will win this election fair and square.
“We did not have any fear going into the last election; we felt with the new Electoral Act and BVAS, there was no fear and INEC promised us several times, but they did certain things that we did not expect.
“They acted with impunity, and contrary to the law, they did not transmit the results as they were supposed to. We will not let that happen again. We are prepared for them this time.