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Omo-Agege insists Delta Central should produce governor in 2023

By Chido Okafor (Warri) and Edu Abade (Lagos)
30 November 2021   |   4:06 am
Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, yesterday, called on Urhobo people of Delta Central District to be strategic and resist attempts to shortchange them in the rotation plan for Delta State governorship position.

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (left); and President-General of the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), Olorogun Moses Taiga at a lecture to mark the 90th anniversary celebrations of the UPU at Uvwiamuge, Agbarho…yesterday.<br />

Isoko group kicks, says it’s their turn
Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, yesterday, called on Urhobo people of Delta Central District to be strategic and resist attempts to shortchange them in the rotation plan for Delta State governorship position.

Omo-Agege made the call while delivering keynote lecture at a ceremony marking the 90th anniversary of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), at Uvwiamuge-Agbrho, Delta State.

In his lecture titled: “Challenges and Prospects of Urhobo Progress Union in Contemporary Times,” he commended the UPU for efforts made to ensure the district produces the governor in 2023.

He said: “As we move towards another election season in 2023, it is most appropriate to be strategic. In recent months, there has been considerable apprehension over attempts to shortchange Delta Central Senatorial District in the rotation of the governorship position in 2023.”

He hailed resistance by UPU to what he described as surreptitious and dangerous move to manipulate political process in the state against Urhobo political interest.

He described the 90th anniversary of UPU as a time for reflection and unity, saying: “As the UPU turns 90 and we look back in order to fully engage the future, I call for continuing unity of purpose among our people. Let us revisit the ideals of “higher thoughts, higher aims” that fired the resolve of the founders of UPU. We must live the motto of “Unity is Strength” without the least compromise.”

IN another development, however, the Isoko ethnic nationality of Delta State has admonished other ethnic groups to give the lsoko the opportunity to produce the next governor of the state come 2023 to ensure equity and fairness.

It also frowned on comments credited to some Urhobo leaders claiming it was their turn to produce the next governor, stressing that there was no gentleman agreement on rotation of governorship in the state.
 
A statement issued by the coordinator of Equity Group of Isoko (EGI), Deacon Mazno Ovadhe, at the weekend, read: “We urge other nationalities in the state to support and vote for an lsoko candidate, irrespective of political affiliations.”

They argued that Urhobo had governed the state for two terms with Chief Felix Ibru and Chief James Ibori.

EGI also noted that an Itsekiri, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, had governed the state, while an lka citizen from Delta North, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, currently holds sway as governor.

“In fairness, the Isoko, Ijaw and Aniocha, who have not ruled the state in any dispensation, should be given the opportunity. As a way of putting the records straight, the votes of ljaw and lsoko people are among the highest in the state. Why should other ethnic nationalities relegate them to the background,” the group queried.