2023: Delta Guber Candidate, Gbagi Harps Support For Presidency Shifts To South
Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, a Delta State gubernatorial candidate for the Social Democratic Party, SDP, has reiterated his unflinching support for the president of the Southeast region of the country.
The former Minister of State for Education, described as insanity for anyone to support a presidential candidate from the Northern region, saying, “no sane Nigerian or Southern Nigeria citizen should support a presidential candidate from the North.”
Chief Gbagi stated this during a press conference at his Oginibo country home, in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, as he urged electorates, with focus on those from the South, to support a power shift from the North to the South with their votes, saying it will put an end to the extant regional marginalisation.
The Governorship candidate who recently ditched the ruling party in the state, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP for the SDP, passionately implored all churches, market women, youths and all right thinking Nigerians to support presidential candidates from Southern Nigeria.
The renowned educationist reprimanded the incumbent Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for undermining the clarion calls for a southern president, thereby accepting to be the running mate to Atiku Abubakar of the PDP.
Fielding questions from Journalists on the 2023 southern presidency position of the Southern and Middle Belt Forum (SMBLF), Gbagi appealed to all well-meaning Nigerians to cast their votes in favour of a Southern candidate.
According to him, only by shifting presidency to the South in 2023 would ensure a forward movement of the Nigerian nation.
Hear him: “What I’m saying to you is that I am a southerner. I support and I ask all southerners and everybody that has any understanding of life to support southerners. We all own this country; we believe in this country. I don’t hate any northerner. We agreed, once North, once South.
“Any of you who does anything to thwart that effort to bring governance to the South, I don’t care who in the South, but we must bring governance to the South for eight years and take it back to the North for another eight years.
“That is the most equitable thing I will want to be done as a lawyer. Anything contrary is dead on arrival; nobody will support that,” he averred.
“I will support a presidential candidate from the South because I’m from the South. So, let us not waste time because I don’t know how to pretend. “There are three presidential candidates from Southern Nigeria as we speak today.
On the press statement of EK Clark and other socio-cultural leaders from South and Middle Belt Nigeria, he said: “EK Clark, as you know, is my father. It is just that he’s not my biological father.
“What I’m saying is that I’m a Southerner and I support and ask all southerners, all churches, all teachers, pensioners, everybody that has understanding of life, if you do not support the shift of power from North to the south, you are enemy of South.
“We all own this country. We believe in this country. I don’t hate any Northerner but we agreed that one North, one South. Anybody who does anything to thwart that effort to bring governance to the south of Nigeria, I don’t care who he is in the south is an enemy of the south.
“Like I said, Prince Adewole Adebayo is there. Peter Obi is there. The old man is there. We can choose from any of these. We must bring government to the south for the next eight years and take it back to North for another eight years. That is the equitable thing to do. Anything to the contrary is dead on arrival.”
Speaking further, he reminded that “President Muhammadu Buhari who is completing eight-year-tenure in May next year is from the North, irrespective of the party affiliation, hence for justice, fairness and equity, the 2023 presidency as agreed should come from the South.”