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Lawmaker bemoans marginalisation of Owan, Akoko-Edo

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Former Senator representing Edo North District, Yisa Braimoh, yesterday, decried the continued marginalisation of the zone in the governance of Edo State and canvassed power shift to give the area a better sense of belonging.

The former lawmaker, who was in the National Assembly between 2003 and 2007, argued that a power shift to the Senatorial District would help to assuage the dissatisfaction of Owan and Akoko-Edo people, resulting from their marginalisation of the zone.

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He made the appeal during a media briefing to mark his 79th birthday celebration at his country home in Ihievbe, Owan East Council, and appealed to the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, and the Etsako people in the zone to concede the 2023 senatorial slot to Owan or Akoko-Edo.

Braimoh, who is the Seriki Muslumi of Afenmai land, visited and had fellowship and prayers with orphanages in Edo North as part of his philanthropy and outreaches, which had impacted positively on the downtrodden in his constituency and beyond.

He also appealed to Governor Godwin Obaseki, to establish a faculty of the Edo State University, Iyamho in Afuze, Owan East Council to make education accessible to the people at the grassroots level.

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Braimoh, who lamented that the Owan-Akoko Edo Communities have not had a fair share of political office, expressed displeasure at the development, saying the reality is that most people of Edo North Senatorial District feel disenchanted with how the zone had been sidelined in the state’s political equation.

As the first Senator from Owan to represent Edo North District in the Senate, he lamented that the Estako people had dominated the district’s Senatorial seat for over 25 years in the last 35 years.

He recalled that in the late 1960s the zone produced Ekpomoriri Lamai, while John Umolu, Franka Afegbua, Albert Legogie, and Victor Oyofo represented the Senatorial District in the 1970s/1980s up to Francis Alimikhena in the present era.

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“The Edo North district is made up of six councils with Etsako having three Owan (two) and Akoko-Edo (one). Etsako has 44 per cent voters population advantage over Owan’s 26 per cent and Akoko-Edo’s 25 per cent of voters population.

“The poor performance of Senator Alimikhena, who openly voted against electronic transmission of election results in the amendment of the Electoral Act in the Senate is one of the reasons the Etsako should opt for another candidate from the Owan axis,” he said. 

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