By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
A group under the aegis of Ebiowou Wene Ogbo of Ijaw Nation, has called on the Senator representing Delta South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator James Manager, to run for the governorship race in Delta State come 2023 and jettison any move to be a running mate to anybody.
The ljaw group made the call in a statement signed by the National Coordinator Ebiowou Wene Ogbo of Ijaw Nation, Comrade Money Godney, and made available to journalists in Warri, Delta State, he said that the Ijaws were prepared to support Senator Manager towards having an Ijaw governor come 2023.
Comrade Money who was reacting to an online publication alleging there was a ploy for Senator Manager to play a second fiddle role to a yet to be identified politician from Delta Central, said the publication was an insult to the sensible Ijaws in Delta State.
The statement also stated that, “Senator Manager, being a founding member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), couple with the fact that the rotational principle has completed its first circle, it was only proper and fair for an Ijaw man to be given the opportunity to govern the state.
“We are aware of some subterranean move to ridicule the ijaw nation by politicians in some circle. We are also awares of the plan to scuttle the gentleman agreement by the founding members of the PDP had with the Ijaws in Delta State.
“What we will not accept is for any Ijaw man to accept to be a running mate to a Delta Central candidate come 2023. We have capable and credible mentor, the number one seat and our brother, uncle, father and leader, Senator James Manager is eminently qualified to run for that position.
“We are using this medium to call on Senator James Manager to remain focused in his determination towards projecting Ijaw Nation to the world. He may not have made up his mind to contest for the number one seats it stands today. But we are assuring him that we have absolute confidence in him and we want him to use his wealth of experience to lead Delta State.
Comrade Money called on the people of Ijaw to rally round Senator Manager to contest the position of the governor as he remains the most qualified Ijaw man to run for the office.