Olorogun David Edvbie, one of the leading governorship aspirants in the Wednesday’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries in Delta State has blamed the outcome of the exercise on what he called “unsavoury factors” in the state polity.
Edevbie stated this in his official reaction to the result wherein he came second behind the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori, who emerged as governorship candidate of the PDP for the 2023 general elections.
Edevbie, the preferred candidate of former Governor James Ibori, lost to Oborevwori who had the backing of the incumbent Governor, Ifeanyi OKowa, during Wednesday’s primaries which held at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.
While Oborevwori scored 590 votes to emerged winner, Edevbie came a distant second by polling 113 votes.
Edevbie, a former Principal Secretary to late President Musa Yar’Adua and three time commissioner in Delta State, commended the delegates and the people of the state for their support throughout the period of consultations and primaries.
In a terse statement he personally signed, Edevbie said, “After several months of consultations and crisscrossing the length and breadth of our dear State, the Delta State PDP Governorship Primary was finally held today May 25.
“Though the result was unfavourable, I am humbled by the immense goodwill shown to me across the entire state. I thank all Deltans and members of our party, particularly the youth, for your enthusiasm and support through the process.
“We are driven by the vision and a strong passion for the development of our dear State, and we remain encouraged that most Deltans share in this vision.
“Though several unsavoury factors came into play in our politics, particularly over the last few months, we remain steadfast in our aspiration for a modernised Delta to be bequeathed to the next generation.
“Once again, thank you, Deltans and may God bless our State.”
Edevbie did not state what his next political step would be.