By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
An extraction of the ijaw in Delta State has insisted that 2023 governorship position should be given to them as they have supported other ethnic groups to produce governor.
Centre for peace and environmental Justice (CEPEJ) National coordinator, comrrade sheriff Mulade, speeking on the on behalf of the ijaw in the state made it known that desire for the Delta ijaws to produce the next governor after the incumbent governor.
The national leader of CEPEJ state that ”it is a done deal for the ijaws” stressing that before the 2019 general elections, he had raised the issue, insisted that the ijaws” extraction produces the resources that found the state, contributes over 60% of what is used to feed the state, ”and therefore, we are the bedrock of day to day Delta State government”
meanwhile recalling the three senatorial districts in the state have tasted the governorship pawer as a way of corroborating the gentleman slots of agreement and rotating the governorship, Mulade noted that: “Felix Ibru, became the first civilian governor of delta state from the central. In 1999, our dynamic leader of Delta and Nigeria at large Chief James Onanefe Ibori, emerged the governor from the central and he ran eight years. In 2007, we ushered in Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, from Delta south who also completed eight years and in 2015 to date, Delta north produced Senator Dr Ifeanyichukwu Okowa, and which we believe that for equity and fairness, the three senatorial districts have benefited”.
Comrade sheriff, recently was decorated in the United States of America (USA), by the United Nations (UN), as Global Peace Ambassador, for his peace advocacy in the Niger Delta region, on Wednesday in Warri, said after 2023, when the Ijaws have taken their turn as the next governor of the state, it would go back to the central and later to the north.
While the well-known global environmentalist cum activist, promotes peaceful co-existence among Deltans and across the Niger Delta region revealed that the organization has set an agenda for the governor tagged:
“Okowa for Cleaner Delta state”,
In the next four years, saying a drive round major cities of the state, reveals its dirty nature,
“It does not show that the state is environmentally conscious”, he hinted.
The leader CEPEJ said: “Our environment is not friendly. So, we need to say that we are selling this idea to the government with a special focus on cleaning Delta so that Delta state will look beautiful. So, I will urge the government of the day to dedicate the next for years for a cleaner, peaceful, safer Delta, peace and unity irrespective of the senatorial district or local government council.
Comrrade sheriff regretted that politicians only visit council headquarters during electioneering canpain year,
“I challenge you, how many times have Okowa visited Burutu, Ogbe-Ijoh, Bomadi or Patani outside campaign?