Leaders of Urhobo ethnic nation have intensified their lobby to produce the next Governor of Delta State come 2023.
As part of such lobby, the Delta Central Senatorial District, DC-23 Governorship Lobby group led by Senator (Chief) Ighoyota Amori, yesterday, met leaders and stakeholders of Ukwuani Local Government Area of State in continuation of their consultative visits around the state.
Addressing the meeting, the National Chairman of DC-23, Senator Amori, said the body was a lobby group made up of card-carrying members of the PDP in the Delta Central Senatorial District to lobby support for the governorship seat for the district in 2023.
He noted that the DC-23 was not different from the G-3 of the Delta South Senatorial District that was formed to drive the process of election of immediate past Governor of the State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, and the Anioma Agenda that was formed in 2014 to propel the process of election of the current Governor of the State, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa.
“Those who want to contest against the aspirants of Delta Central Senatorial district have their argument for the governorship seat, likewise us, but we can’t talk of zoning on ethnic lines because the state is made up of various ethnic groups like Urhobo, Ijaw, Itsekiri, Isoko, Ika, Ndokwa, Oshimili, Aniocha and few others; hence, the appeal from us to maintain the zoning arrangement on the basis of senatorial districts in the state,” Amori said.
“The claim by some persons that the governorship seat, since it had gone round the three senatorial districts, that it should be done as ‘osusu’ that can start from any district, and that they are canvassing for senatorial district and not ethnic is not right. My question is, if not an ethnic agenda, why is it that the Itsekiris and Isokos of Delta South Senatorial District are not in their lobby team, like ours that you have leaders of the eight local government areas in the team.
“It is only zoning on senatorial district order that the PDP can continue with its winning streak in the state. So, what we are pushing for is how a sustainable system can be established where when it gets to the turn of your senatorial district, no one from other senatorial districts will contest against the benefitting district. So, the argument that Urhobo or other ethnic groups contested during the turn of other senatorial districts will no longer be there.”
He pointed out that the DC-23 was not lobbying or campaigning for any particular aspirant, but to ensure that the governorship seat moved to the Delta Central Senatorial District in 2023 on the platform of the existing zoning for the seat in the state.
He, however, appealed to the leaders and stakeholders of Ukwuani Local Government Area to support the DC-23 push for zoning arrangement on senatorial districts to enhance the chances of the PDP continuing in the governance of the state beyond 2023.
Speaking on behalf of the Ukwuani people, the Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Ukwuani Local Government Area, Engr.(Chief) Patrick Kaine, said most of the points raised by DC-23 from 1998, 1999 to date were all embedded in their memories.
“You have spoken well, the Ukwuani people and the Urhobos are friends and neighbours. In Obiaruku here, there is a place called Umuedede that is occupied by Urhobo people. So you are our brothers and sisters. The Ukwuani man does not hate you, he loves the Urhobo people,” Engr. Kaine said.
“All you said are all facts but today we have a working governor and leader. We are all going to beg you to support Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to finish well. When the time comes nobody will run away.
“It will be one way arrangement, so let’s support him to finish strong because if he finishes well it will be better for whoever that’s is coming to take over the position. On that note, we plead and beg the Urhobo people to support Okowa to finish strong and when the time comes we will be there together.”