____ It Is the turn of Ijaws to be Governor in 2023 as the “Osusu” circle has been completed, former Minister of Police Affairs, Alaowei Broderick Bozimo.
His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, CON, the Immediate Past Governor of Delta State and Chieftain of the PDP alongside other Itsekiri leaders hosted an Ijaw advocacy group under the aegis of Delta Ijaw 4 Governor 2023 at his warri residence.
The former Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan (CON) has said the Ijaws supported him to be Governor of Delta State from 2007 to 2015 and their clamour for an Ijaw governor in 2023 was not out of place but very critical and important request. Dr Uduaghan who stated this when he received a high powered delegation led by Alaowei Broderick Bozimo on behalf of the Delta Ijaw for Governor 2023 Lobby Team at his home in Warri, said the itsekiri are more closer to the Ijaw as an ethnic group.
Speaking further; the ex – Governor Dr. Emmanuel E. Uduaghan, alleged that he is so excited for the Ijaws coming together politically to speak in one voice and expressed hope that the Ijaws will trim their sons who are interested in becoming Governor to one for easy marketing.
The high powered delegation was led by one Nigeria’s renowned lawyers, former minister and minister of state for Police Affairs and Interior respectively -Alaowei Broderick Bozimo.
Alaowei Bozimo who disclosed to Dr. Uduaghan and Itsekiri PDP leaders the reason for their visit, traced the cordial relationship between the Ijaws and Itsekiris from time immemorial. He said the Itsekiris and Ijaws are like hair and skin.
The former minister likened the PDP zoning arrangement to the microfinancial capital accumulation format known as “osusu”, which he admitted that all three senatorial districts have all had a shot at the Governorship of the state, stating that it is time to consider it on ethnic nationality basis so that others can have the opportunity to have a shot at the governorship.
He said, “We are not against the PDP zoning their offices. We have completed the first round of zoning. It is like osusu. It doesn’t mean that the man who collected first must be the first to collect again.”
We have come to beg our Itsekiri brothers to consider us. I am 83 now, I want it to happen in my life time. As a leader, we have come to beg you, our Itsekiri brothers and sisters to give Ijaw people the chance to taste Governorship.
The Ijaw nation hold Chief James Onanefe Ibori in very high esteem. He is our leader. Personally, my family is grateful to him for all that he has done for us. We will also go to him to help us appeal to our Urhobo brothers to let us taste governorship too.
The Ijaw leader went further to reveal the identity of aspirants from Ijaw nation whom he described as “volunteers” for the governorship.
“So far, We have three volunteers for the Governorship from Ijaw nation. We have the Deputy Governor, H.E Kingsley Otuaro Esq, Sen James Manager and Dr Bradus Angozi.
Responding, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, CON welcomed the Ijaw delegation and quickly advised that the approach to the advocacy for governorship should remain peaceful. He also tasked the delegation to keep the number of aspirants to at least one, stating that it will make their goal easy to achieve.
He said, “I commend you for going around to solicit for support in such mature and peaceful manner. We do not want this state to heat up again because of 2023. Political crises are very difficult to manage”
“The most important take home from the last general election for me was the opportunity to campaign in Ijaw villages and my Ijaw opponent also having the opportunity to campaign in Itsekiri areas too.”
The 2019 senatorial aspirant advised thus,
“The three names you mentioned to us are very capable hands and are well known to us but I will advise that Ijaw nation should try and trim the numbers of those contesting to one so as to make your cause easy.
“As Itsekiri people, we will discuss amongst ourselves and give you a response in due course. We Itsekiris also have a request to make too.”
In concluding his speech, the former Governor used the opportunity to clear the air regarding his relationship with Chief E. K Clarke.
“I am not quarreling with Chief E.K Clarke. Chief is my father. He criticizes me a lot but I do not and have never responded to him because he is an elder statesman. As an Itsekiri man, I was raised to have great respect for my elders and that has been my relationship with him.”
“God has a reason for putting the Itsekiris and Ijaws in the same environment. The Ijaws and Itsekiris must work together to achieve great things together”, he concluded.
The Ijaw delegation among others include.
Alaowei Broderick Bozimo, Gen. Broderick Demeyeibo rtd, Hon. K.O Preyor, (Deputy Majority Leader DTHA) Hon. Emomotimi Guwor, (DTHA), Hon.(Dr.) Barry Gbe, ( Commissioner for Economic Planning Delta State), Hon. Emmanuel Angbaduba (Commissioner nominee),
Hon.(Chief) Daniel O. Yingi, (Special Adviser Nominee), Chief J.T Government, (Governoring Board Chairman, Delta State School of Marine Technology Burutu),
Barr. Neworld Safugha, (Former Commissioner for Energy),
Hon. Paul Kurugbe, (Member SPEB), Barr. David P. Ekerokosu, (former Commissioner, Oil and Gas), Chief James Nieketein, SSA to the Governor, Hon. Stella Agidee SSA to the Governor,
Hon.Collins Olorogun, SSA to the Governor,
Eng.Ezonfade Oyakemeagbegha- INC Publicity Secretary,
Hon. Joel Bisina, PhD, Former Commissioner, Dr. Chris Ekiyor, former President IYC, Eric Omare, Former President, IYC, Dr. Doubra Collins Okotete – IYC Western Zone Chairman, Hon.Bebeteidoh W. Austin, Prof. R.K. Moruku, Admiralty University, Rt. Rev. Godwins Soroaye, Roland Oweilaemi, former President, IYC, Chief Aribogha Johnny (JP),Chief, Mr. Ekenwan Akwagbe, Chief Robert Afuruku, Eng. Dr. John Agori, Eng. Plus Donyegha, Chief L. Tiemo, Hon.(Mrs,) Patricia Orounagha, Dr. Brodrick Tumbo, Barr. Fred E. Owotorufa, former General Manager, Security, Chevron and NNPC, Fanty Goodness Owotorufa (Mrs),Hon. Barr. Alaowei Cleric S.A to the Governor, Hon. Ebipade Agbor, S.A to the Governor, Hon. Brenda Ayapaye, llan Egbegi, Chief M. Jerry Otuaro Esq,
Hon. Ekiyorkeyi Asiyai, Hon. Gloria Okubodogha, Comr. Moses Fiyebor, Comr. Okporu Ebi Augustine,
Mr. Francis Abulu,Victor Ikpa, Hon. (Chief) Roland Kemefa, Hon. Korokorosei Sagbegha, Hon.Tina Yinkore, Education E.T, Kebbi Oyas, Mr. Funebi Numupeide, Barr. Robinson Esite,
Mr. Kemezode Tobi, Eng. Emmanuel Obolu, Chief Pères Oloye, Comr Eniekebi Joseph, Hon. Ken Oyakemeagbegha, Hon. Andazi Juliet, Madam Regina Abamene, Tessy Tangbowei, Arch. Willson Oki, Apostle Oti John, Tam Forteta, Jerry Otuaro Esq, among others
While the Itsekiri delegation had H. E Dr.Emmanuel E. Uduaghan (CON), Hon. (Chief) Thomas Ereyitomi, Member FHR, Abuja, Chief Solomon Arenyenka, Hon. (Mrs) Irene Imilar, Hon. Jackson Omatsola, Hon. Misan Ukubenyinje, Hon. Vincent Uduaghan, Chief Eyituoyo Maku, Hon. Tim Orugboh, Hon. Godwin Toju Abigor, Hon.Tunde Fregene, Mrs. Mercy Hesse, Mrs. Jolomi Dabor, Mrs Esther Okotie-Eboh, Hon. Kenneth Efejuku, Andrew Megbele, Emmanuel Amiwero, Meyiwa Erewa, Hon. Freeman Fregene, Mr Victor Agbateyiniro, Scott Eyenuro, Blesson Omadoye and Goddy Omadoye.