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FOR those well-informed on the reported face-up (not face-off, quarrel, fight as the unschooled misread) between incumbent Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and ex- governor, Chief James Ibori, in the build-up to 2023,  in the last few months,  what played out, last Saturday, at the Cenotaph, Asaba, the state capital, was a political magnum opus. 

Unambiguously, both Okowa and Ibori came to grips with the reality that leaders and power brokers of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state, circumnavigated for over two decades – the sequence of gubernatorial power in the state and who calls the shots. 

Ibori, leader of the nascent political family in Delta PDP and Okowa, who is also part of the family, for reasons only key political strategists are familiar with, held what one of them styled as “extreme positions” on the concerns, until last Saturday.  

 Political scholars had thought that things would go off, 24 hours earlier, in the caucus meeting of PDP leaders at Government House, Asaba, which Ibori and his successor, former governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, attended, as the plots had rocketed with disguised partitions in the ranks of party faithful across the state  

The conclave never ended in a standoff as re-counted, but there were fireworks on zoning of governorship. Really, if not for the adroit manner the governor overrode an apparently phenomenal preference and postponed further discussion for larger participation to a later date, it was palpable that something would have been triggered that day.   

 Before the up-to-the-minute Asaba encounter, Ibori and Okowa had actually sized up themselves and were correspondingly acquainted with the contemporary capacity and flaws of each other in the event of actual face- off on the contending issues.