Group Slams Egbema kingdom over false statement against Dr. Uduaghan, Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, Projects better days for Delta Youths in Oborevwori's Administration
In a Press briefing held on Sunday May 7, in Warri, Group under the auspices of “One Delta One Voice Pan Group” has called on all Deltans to shun the lies and defamatory statements by a faction of ijaws from Egbema kingdom against the detribalized Ex-Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan and the incoming Governor of Delta State, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori in a publication recently, stating that Sheriff Oborevwori's administration is people oriented and will favour Delta youths tremendously as lots of projects for the youths are already lined up awaiting May 29 inaugural ceremony.
Addressing newsmen, Chairman of “One Delta One Voice Pan Group” Comrade Aimuamwenosa Temisanren Owie, popularly called Comrade Nosa declared: “It is by divine providence that Itsekiri and her immediate Ijaw, Urhobo and Ilaje neighbors found themselves as eternal brothers in Delta state.”
The Social Media Activist, Comr. Owie recognized the fact that the position of those behind the malicious publication does not reflect the entire Egbema kingdom who currently enjoys a good relationship with their Itsekiri neighbours in Warri North LGA where he hailed from.
Comrade Owie pointed out that, despite the Nigerian Political culture subtly enthrones a system where Majority Ethnic Groups uses their number to suppress and subjugate Minority Ethnic Groups, the Itsekiri people has been very magnanimous to their neighbours in giving them political relevance in Local Governments Areas where Itsekiris are the Majority.
“For instance, there are Itsekiri communities scattered across Sapele LGA, Uvwie LGA and Ikpoba-Oka LGA in Edo State. Yet Itsekiris are not politically recognized in any of these Local Governments Areas. But come down to the three Warri Local Government Areas where Itsekiris are the Majority, the story is different. Over the years, the Itsekiri people has been very accommodating in giving recognition and Political Seats to their neighbours and the truth is out there for everyone to see.
“Just to mention a few; in Warri South LGA, the current Deputy Chairman, Chief (Mrs.) Ann Divine Iniovosa and the Head of the Warri South LGA Legislative Arm, Hon. Sylvester Ijabor are both from Urhobo ethnic nationality.
“In Warri North LGA, the Present Local Government Council Chairman, Hon. Smart Yomi Asekutu is an Ijaw man from Egbema Kingdom. In Warri South-West LGA, the Immediate Past Council Chairman, Hon. George Ekpemupolo and the present House of Assembly Member Hon. Guwor Emomotimi Dennis are all Ijaws from Gbaramatu Kingdom. These are all documented facts that attest to the peaceful and accommodating nature of the Itsekiri people. I can make bold to say that there is no other Local Government Areas in Delta state you will see a replica or a semblance of such level of ethnic inclusion and political magnanimity like the Itsekiri people has done to their neighbours, even when we do not get the same treatment from other Local Government Areas where we are minority.
“In the strength of these facts, I condemn in totality the Publication by these elements among the Ijaws of Egbema kingdom and described it as a blackmail, divisive and inciting,” Comrade Owie averred.
The Social Media Activist also frowned at the false accusations levied in the publication against the former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan who he described as a father of the People Democratic Party(PDP) in the State and an Elder-stateman whose administration as Governor was characterized by his detribalized approach to governance.
“It is insulting and demeaning for our Egbema brothers to alleged that a former Governor of Delta state will have to stoop so low to lobby for the seat of a Commissioner for his daughter as exchange to support Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori political ambition. This is preposterous and insulting on the personality of the Immediate Past Governor.
“For the sake of clarity, it is expedient to mention that the Political journey of Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori cannot be told without the name of the former Governor reflecting on different stages of his journey thus far. Both within and outside politics, Hon. Oborevwori and Dr. Uduaghan have enjoyed a cordial father and son-like relationship for decades, hence the malicious intent of our Egbema neighbours behind that blackmailing publication was uncalled for. But, they failed to realize that, the malicious publication by their kinsmen is not just against Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan whom they narrowed it on or the Itsekiri nation, but by extension, the Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori’s administration. As it stands, by that publication which they accused the Governor-Elect of conniving with Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan to shortchange the Egbema people, they have invariably labelled themselves as the first Antagonist of Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori’s administration that has not even been inaugurated. I want to believe that those behind that publication were either misled by Political jobbers or did not think it through before making that ignoble publication,” Comrade Owie Opined.
In the same spectrum, Comr. Toju Akowe Apoh, a one time Warri South LGA House of Assembly contender and member of the Itsekiri National Youth Council Media Team, also called for calm and reiterated the fatherly status that His Excellency Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan currently occupy in the State.
Comr. Apoh described the Delta State Governor- Elect as a Pan Deltan that has been able to hold the allegiance of all Deltans across board and this was evident in the massive victory at the polls in the just concluded Gubernatorial elections.
Comr. Apoh advised that it is time for Deltans to consolidate on the victory by building stronger ethnic ties and bridges and not to make inciting or blackmailing publications.