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Ijaw’s claim to Delta governorship race in 2023 faces challenge

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As Urhobo demand justice, equity
Subtle moves by the Ijaw of Delta South Senatorial District to occupy Government House, Asaba in 2023, has been challenged by the Urhobo, who have argued that the Ijaw were trying to truncate the procedure for transition.

They insisted that the rotational understanding among the different ethnic nationalities in the state has seen each of the three senatorial districts producing the governor, an arrangement they said, had ensured equity and fair play.

The argument is that the nationalities could grow a culture of mutual respect for one another by adhering equity and justice, in the unwritten order of the zoning arrangement in the state since 1999.

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It started with James Onanefe Ibori from Delta Central Senatorial District taking the first eight years, followed by. Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta South) before Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta North) who holds sway till 2023.

A political activist and social commentator from Ughelli North Council Area, Anthony Omowhovo, stated in a statement titled, “2023 Governorship Race in Delta State and the Unconscionable Conduct of Ijaw Politicians,” that he read, “With a mixture of amusement and empathy write ups on which zone should produce the next governor in 2023.”

He argued that although zoning, as a means of promoting fairness and equity in a skewed polity like Nigeria where the informed and uninformed are held hostage by primordial values and loyalty, has become an acceptable practice in spite of its initial rejection by a large spectrum of society as undemocratic.

“Although I was one of the critics of zoning when it was mooted at the Federal and the state level, I have nevertheless embraced it like many others, who initially opposed it.

“So zoning of offices, having been foisted on us by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership in the state, we expect every zone, which had done its full eight years term to guide the zoning formula to entrench equity and justice, so that Delta State could grow a culture of mutual respect for one another,” he said.

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