By GWG Staff
The claim by one of the most visible aspirants in the Delta State 2023 governorship contest, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi of a political dimension to the story of the stripping of four of his hotel staff has become the latest bump to the yet unclear path on who succeeds Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
After a two-term stint as governor, Okowa is generally expected to take the Delta North Senate seat from the incumbent, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.
However, who takes over from Okowa is uncertain. Chief Gbagi believes it is his right having in his claim brough the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to Delta State in 1998.
Though he was not always with the mainstream of the party as Okowa, and his two predecessors since 1999 were, Gbagi unlike other critics did not once defect to another party.
Having aspired in the past he had, however, until now not really moved towards partaking in the primary.
Gbagi believes that his early support for Okowa’s second term when the Urhobo nation vacillated should give him the support of the governor. He has already solicited and supposedly obtained to the discomfort of the governor, the support of the governor’s father.
Having gotten what he believes the significant support of Pa Okowa from Delta North, the aspirant, however, is said to be uncomfortable with the fact that he is yet to get the full backing of the Urhobo nation. Not even in his Ughelli South base.
His main trouble at home he believes is the Attorney General of the State, Mr. Peter Mrakpor who is from Ughelli South like him.
It is believed that Gbagi suspects that Mrakpor may be preparing himself to contest the 2023 contest. But multiple sources told GWG that Mrakpor may not have laid out any plans visible to anyone and the suspicion may be because of the closeness of the Mrakpor family to Dr. Okowa.
While Mr. Mrakpor is quiet and largely known to be easy going, he also has a very influential and powerful wife, Joan Mrakpor who is presently the administrator of the Delta State Capital Development Authority.
Gbagi in his press conference last weekend on the issue accused Mrakpor of being behind the story of four staff of his hotel, Signatious Hotel being stripped by him for purportedly stealing N5,000 or collecting tip from a hotel guest.
Gbagi had alleged that the three ladies and one man were involved in a sex romp as he alleged that his political rivals were out to use the issue to derail his 2023 governorship bid.
While the jury is out on what actually happened and if the ladies including a married lady willingly offered to strip themselves to be used to blackmail Gbagi, it is certain that the development has thrown a major bump into Gbagi’s governorship bid.
Besides Mrakpor that he has mentioned, other potential bids against him include the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori and also the present Chief of Staff to the governor, Mr. David Edevbie.
If anyone believes that the story of the three naked women was thrown up to disrupt Gbagi’s governorship ambition, it would mean that the people of Delta State should be prepared for more salacious stories given Gbagi’s stance that no one will stop him from his bid.
As he said while concluding his press conference, “the election of 2023 is a must do for Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi.”