By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Ijaw speaking people of Delta State have appealed to traditional rulers in Ika, Delta North Senatorial District of the state to speak to their subjects to support their (Ijaw) bid produce the next governor of the state.
They (Ijaw ) said they have been supportive over the years in emergency of governors in the state hence other ethics groups should suuport them in the desire to produce the next governor in 2023.
Former Minister of Police Affairs, Alaowei Broderick Bozimo made the appeal while paying a consultative visit to Delta North Traditional Rulers Forum and the Ika Social Cultural Group, Onu Ika to seek for their support towards actualizing their drive to produce the next Governor of Delta State in 2023.
Alaowei Bozimo who was accompanied by notable Ijaw leaders in the state including Hon. K.O Preyor (Acting Majority Leader, Delta State House of Assembly)
Prof. V.F Peretomode (Former Vice Chancellor, Delta State University) Hon. William Angadi (Chairman, Bomadi LGA) among others, informed the Delta North Traditional Rulers that the Ijaw delegation decided to visit the Traditional Rulers first before consulting with other stakeholder because of their respect for the traditional institution.
Speaking further, Alaowei Bozimo said that contrary to the wrong impression in some quarters that the Ijaw are not promoting a tribal agenda, he stated that the Ijaw from the Delta South Central District deserve to produce the next Governor of the state, the position having rotated across all the three senatorial districts of the state.
While thanking Delta North Traditional Rulers Forum and Ika Social cultural group, Onu Ika, for receiving the Ijaw delegation, the former Minister promised that a Delta State Governor of Ijaw extraction would work with all stakeholders, treat everybody and all part of the state as equal stakeholders and provide the enabling environment for peace to reign in the state.
In their separate responses, HRM Emmanuel Oyinke Eferzomo II Obi of Owa kingdom and Mr. Daniel Usifoh who spoke on behalf of their people appreciated the Delta Ijaw delegation for coming to consult with Traditional Rulers and Leaders of Ika Nation.
His Majesty, Obi Eferzimor said he was excited that the Ijaw delegation recognised and accorded the traditional institution in Delta North their due respect in their bid to produce a Governor of Ijaw extraction in 2023.
The Monarch thanked the Ijaw nation for the support the they gave to their son, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa during the 2014 PDP gubernatorial primaries which according to him contributed immensely to Okowa’s emergence and assured that they would consult with their subjects on what is best for them in the 2023 contest.
On his part, the head of the collective leadership of Ika social cultural group, “Onu Ika” the umbrella body of Ika nation, Mr. Daniel Usifoh expressed joy about the visit of the Ijaw delegation to the Ika nation.
He expressed his assurance to collaborate with any group that has a positive agenda for Delta State in 2023, pointing out that the Ijaw are reliable and trusted friends to the Ika nation.
Notable Ijaw leaders who were in the visit train are: Newworld Safugha, Esq, (Former Commissioner for Energy); Chief J.T Government (Chairman, Governing Council, Institute of Marine Technology, Burutu); Joel Bisina, PhD (Former Commissioner for Special Duties); David Ekerekosu,Esq, (Former Commissioner for Oil and Gas); Dr. Chris Ekiyor (Former President, IYC and Commissioner for Commerce) amongst others.