By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
As the current circle of administration in Delta State edges close to the end of the second year, and to begin what may be considered the final lap, different interests groups have continued to express what they call the best option for the continuous political peace and stability in the state.
Amongst the majority of these advocates, is the Concerned Deltans for Good Governance (CDGG), calling on the different political parties, especially the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to give the 2023 slot to an aspirant from the Ijaw Ethnic Nationality, in Delta South Senatorial District.
At a meeting over the weekend in Warri, the group in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Ambassador Gladys Okeoghene Agbro and Secretary, Mr. Brisibe Michael Oruye, said that they prefer an equitable zoning formular if zoning must be followed and if the political peace in the state is to be maintained.
In the statement, they stressed that at the last check, there was no known written agreement between the various senatorial zones in the state, and if there was one that was not made public, equity demands, that economic contributions should be the determining factor this time.
It stated that it will be better, and considerate for the Ijaw Ethnic Nationality, to produce the next governor of the state in 2023, arguing that this is what is called equity, most especially as the position has gone round the three Senatorial Districts, and being the area that contributes more to the revenue of the state.
“First we have to point out that there is no evidence to show that there was any agreement on zoning since 1999, and if there was one that is not made public, which exists, then we have to start with the area that gives the highest economic contribution to the state.
“It’s therefore right to zone the slot to the Ijaw Ethnic Nationality, in the Delta South Senatorial District. This is what is called equity. Ijaw is the second largest tribe in the state. It produces the largest source of income that is used for the state development. We as a party must look at this issue critically, and take a decision that will be fair and just.” It said.
The group further stated that they are supporting the aspiration of Dr. Braduce Amakazi Angozi, to be the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the 2023 governorship election.
They said, they are giving him their support based on his track records as one who believes in the development of the state, being a successful businessman, and man with ingenuity that will propel the state to more development after Governor Okowa Ifeanyi Okowa.
“We also have searched and examined all the possible candidates from the PDP, we have decided to support the aspiration of Dr. Braduce Amakazi Angozi. This is based on his track records. We have followed him, checked his background, and since he left the government circle, he had focused on developing his businesses and communities around him.
“While in government, his records still speak for him today. He is a lover of the people, especially the youth. We know if he is given the ticket, and gets into office, he will continue the development of the state, where this government led by Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, will end. There will be continuity, of development, with new ideas on food and job security.” They said.