CHAIRMAN of the Organization of African Instituted Churches, OAIC bloc of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Archbishop Jonathan Arhawarien and chairman of the Christian Political Forum, CPF, Archbishop Solomon Gbakara, yesterday said both groups will stand with the gubernatorial aspirations of Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi come 2023.
The archbishops in company of over 120 delegates of the forum, made their position known at the country home of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship aspirant in Oginibu, Ughelli South local government area of Delta State.
Speaking on behalf of the delegates during a prayer session as part of activities to make the birthday celebration of Gbagi, Archbishop Gbakara said: “This is a gathering of clergies made up of archbishops, bishops, pastors and other men of God drawn from the 25 local government areas of Delta State.
“The way we prayed for former governors James Ibori, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, that is the same way we have prayed for Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi ahead of the 2023 governorship election in Delta State and we have vowed to stand by him in this race.”
Earlier, youth leaders under the aegis of Ughievwen Youth Development Council and members of the commercial tricycle operators from Ughelli North, Ughelli South and Udu local government areas also paid him a courtesy visit on him to felicitate with him on his birthday.
Leaders of the Ughievwen youths, Godwin Djedje and tricycle operators, Olojegbe Kennedy in their respective remarks, said they decided to adopt Gbagi as their preferred candidate ahead of the polls in the state for him to use his entrepreneurial skills to revolutionize the state adding that they intend rallying and fusing their structures with youths from other districts in the state to actualize their vision.
In his remarks to the various groups, Gbagi promised to act differently ahead of the governorship race adding that he has been planning for the race in the last 20years saying, “We all want development in Delta State but we must work together and in the actualization of this feat, I need you all to be my support team.”