Candidate of the All Progressive Congress for the gubernatorial election in Delta State, Chief Great Ogboru and Former Minister of State for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi had been at daggers drawn, yesterday, over the declare by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chief that Ogboru swore to him that he would not contest governorship place, about 18 years prior to now.
Ogboru knowledgeable vanguard reporters, “He (Gbagi) is an empty barrel, empty barrels make the loudest noise, and that is all I can say I want to forget about him because he is nothing.”
Reacting to his description by Ogboru as an empty barrel, the earlier Minister thundered,
”A son in all ramifications calling his father, his boss, his teacher an empty barrel is regrettable and unfortunate. For him to seek the advice of with me, a lawyer, criminologist from the University of Lagos and an industrialist with industrial assemble up, which his sponsor, former governor of Delta state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan acknowledges is unfortunate.”
“If he (Ogboru) went to highschool, he would have recognized what empty barrel means. When I was giving him money, took him to a Chinese Restaurant in London the place he swore that he would not at all contest election; when he went to a former governor of the state , Chief James Ibori, and they also had been videoing him loud evening respiration inside the prepared room, he did not know that I’m an empty barrel in his phrases.
“I’m not going to affix factors with him, Deltans ought to come up and see that we won’t be deceived, if he had employment, let him come out and current Nigerians what his employment is, if he has any enterprise that he is doing apart from going to beg authorities for appointment, money and contract, let him current it.
“The question is that the problems I’ve talked about that he talked about let him contradict it so that I can put up a sworn affidavit to most people, he cannot merely say I’m an empty barrel when he cannot contradict what I discussed, that is the kind of an illiterate.
“Let him say this issue that Gbagi talked about won’t be applicable, that one won’t be applicable, am I an empty barrel when he entered a Pick Up van to come back again to my dwelling, how can he utter such.
“Even from the assertion he made, he has accepted it. If I discussed that I bought a Mercedez Benz for you, that I obtained right here and obtained you inside the airplane, that I had a gathering with you on the Chinese a part of Imperial Hotel, the place there have been 9 to eleven of us in that meeting and he is not debunking the main points, why is he insulting me?
“Is that the type of man who wishes to be a governor? How can you insult primarily probably the most formidable minister of Urhobo extraction, I was the earlier Chairman of the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria and primarily probably the most seen industrialist on this state, to not talk about of Lagos and Abuja, how can he now say that I’m an empty barrel. Apart from the mortgage he acquired from the monetary establishment to advertise fish, the monetary establishment has refused to supply him mortgage now, has he been able to do one thing, “Gbagi retorted.
He talked about, “We are clear, the issue is that we as Urhobos, we as Deltans from this divide of the nation have an understanding and people who’ve respect for settlement should depart the governor of Delta state, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa to complete his two tenures for Delta North senatorial district.
“And thereafter, we will find out in 2023 the next Urhobo man to take over from him, that is my position,” he added.
On Ogboru’s refusal to debate with Okowa on grounds that Okowa’s election was an illegality, he talked about, “Ogboru would not at all be able to debate, irrespective of Ogboru says or writes is written by people, he does not have the mileage of debate with an knowledgeable particular person like Okowa, so what’s he going to talk to Okowa about. “
“He has no depth, he does not understand, we aren’t talking about selling fish proper right here, we’re talking about working an institution. Therefore, I’ll in all probability be shocked if he agrees to sort out Okowa in a debate because of that might be the end of him.
“Okowa has adopted the tactic of native authorities chairmanship to commissioner, Secretary to State Government, SSG, and Senate, what does Ogboru know, I want to be effectively mannered, I can not use the phrase empty barrel as he has achieved.
He is conscious of he has nothing to tell us, no individual goes to adjust to him; no individual goes to contemplate him.
“He lied to me, he lied to people, and folk had been in that meeting when he swore to me.
How can he say Gbagi is an empty barrel, what does that suggest, he just about talked about Chief Edwin Clark is an empty barrel, he has no qualification, he cannot face Okowa for a dialogue, let him come out and inform Deltans what he has to produce them,” Gbagi asserted.
Reminded that Ogboru has a Master’s diploma from one among many abroad universities, Gbagi talked about he ought to indicate it, as he was acutely aware that Ogboru did not go to highschool inside the nation, together with, “Let him tell us where he got it from, which institution.”
“I’m telling you significantly, he has nothing academically to level out, inform him to come back again and write a five-minute essay about Delta state and see whether or not or not he can write it after which let me, Gbagi, write an essay on Delta state in 5 minutes and let the world study. That is one of the simplest ways to check out people; a wonderful man is a superb man.
“He was selling fish with borrowed money sooner than, he has come once more, all these years he obtained right here once more, what has he been able to do. Let us know what he has achieved, I’m industrializing the state, I’m industrializing the nation, I’ve not at all taken mortgage from any monetary establishment, I’ve not at all taken bribe from any authorities, let him come and current what he has inside the society. Somebody like Ogboru cannot say that I’m an empty barrel.
“You see, we aren’t talking about coup plot correct now, we’re talking about democracy, which is the prevalence of thoughts vitality.