By Binebai Princewill
A group operating under the aegis of Delta Ijaw 2023 Governorship Advocacy Group (DIGAG) has reiterated that there is no agreement between Ijaws and the Urhobos as well as within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State that it is exclusively the turn of the Urhobos in Delta Central to produce the next Governor of the state come 2023.
The group made their position known to newsmen in Warri yesterday via a statement, a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspapers, signed by Amb. Okporu Augustine, Director General, Delta Ijaw 2023 Governorship Advocacy Group (DIGAG).
Comr. Okporu had in the rejoinder called on well meaning Deltans to support an Ijaw Governor come 2023 in Delta State, stressing that their economic viability and political commitments over the years should give them a free ride to the Government House.
The group stated that their rejoinder is a reply to a certain statement credited to Chief Fred Majemite whom they described as an ethnic champion, stressing that Majemite and his likes should desist from the figment of their imagination, adding that there is no agreement anywhere that Urhobos must produce the next Governor of Delta State come 2023.
The rejoinder reads in full below:
RE:IJAWS SHOULDN’T TRUNCATE THE AGREEMENT MADE TO THE UHROBOS: THERE’S NO AGREEMENT ANYWHERE
We wish to react to the statement credited to one ethnic champion, Chief Fred Majemite who sarcastically lied to the world that the Ijaws shouldn’t truncate the agreement made to the Urhobos. We don’t know whether Chief Fred takes glory in parading lies and propaganda to propagate his ethnocentric Urhobo governorship ambition.
For the avoidance of doubt, there is no agreement between the Ijaws and the Urhobos on which tribe should rule the State in 2023. Just as there is no agreement between the various political parties on which senatorial district should fly the parties’ flags in 2023 as the race is open for every qualified Deltan, it’s untrue for anyone to assert that there’s a zoning arrangement by the ruling PDP.
Assuming but not conceding that there was such an arrangement in PDP in Delta State, has it not been breached by the insatiable ambitions of Urhobo power seekers? Since 1999, the Urhobos have never stayed away from contesting in the governorship office in the State.
In 1999, only Urhobo contested the office. However in 2007 when it was supposed to be the Delta South turn, more persons from Urhobo ethnic group contested the office in PDP than those who contested from Delta South. They replicated the same thing in 2015. Where is the agreement Chief Fred Majemite is talking about? Is it Urhobo people’s exclusive rights to contest the governorsh position in the State at every election, while other tribes should be watching them?
We thank God that the Nigerian Constitution allows every qualified Deltan to contest the office. The same thing also applied to the PDP Constitution. If there’s any such agreement in place as ignorantly bandied by Chief Fred Majemite then it can only exist in the wildest imagination of Fred and his acolytes.
We wish to send a message to Chief Fred Majemite through this medium that he should preach to his people to support the Ijaws in producing the governor of the State come 2023. Since the creation of Delta State, the Ijaws have not tasted that seat but the Urhobos have produced two Governors.
It’s morally right and justifiable that the Ijaws should have it now, especially for the fact that we are the economic backbone to the State. Only our economic contributions to the State alone and our political commitments to the victories of the ruling PDP since 1999 ought to compel Chief Fred Majemite and his likes to support Ijaw man to become the governor of the State in 2023.
Signed: Amb. Okporu Augustine, D.G, Delta Ijaw 2023 Governorship Advocacy Group (DIGAG)