Amb. (Chief) Micheal Aristotle, a political heavyweight in Delta State has joined the race to succeed Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in 2023.
Ighofose, a two-time governorship candidate, is a chieftain of All Progressives Congress APC, from Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.
In a statement by his Special Assistant, Mr Mike Eyamekuare, on Tuesday in Ughelli, said, “Amb. Ighofose, a two-time governorship candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in Delta state, has succumbed to pressure from friends and political associates in Delta State, Nigeria and abroad to join the Delta state governorship for 2023”.
Eyamekuare noted, “Yes, Amb. Chief Micheal Ighofose, has accepted and indicated interest to contest the governorship on the platform of All Progressives Congress APC in Delta State, but though he is presently still consulting with relevant leaders and stakeholders before the official declaration”.
He expressed confidence that should Ighofose declares interest for governorship, he is sure to secure the APC governorship ticket at the primary.
”Amb. Chief Michael Ighofose is very familiar and understands the politics in Delta state. He has contested the governorship election in Delta state twice as governorship candidate of then ANPP, at the time President Muhammadu Buhari was then Presidential candidate of ANPP. More so, then, Ighofose facilitated the conferment of Traditional Chieftaincy title ” OWHORODE” on President Muhammadu Buhari by His Royal Majesty, Oharisi III, Ovie of Ughelli Kingdom. Amb. Ighofose also facilitated the visit by President Muhammadu Buhari to the palace of Orodje of Okpe. So, Ighofose is popular, understands the game, qualified and competent to govern Delta state.
“Amb. Ighofose, has a first Degree and Masters Degree in Economics, an astute businessman, with a clear blueprint to transform Delta State. He does not make noise, he is not boastful, he does not make unrealistic promises, but, he has the capacity to redefine what Delta state ought to be as an oil-rich state.
“Ighofose, is a native of Ofuoma oil-producing community in Ughelli North Local Government,” he said.