By Binebai Princewill
The people of Okibou Community in Kou Kingdom, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State have written to His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State to come to their aid by considering them with the ward 20 Councillorship slot in the forthcoming local government elections in the state.
Speaking on behalf of all the youths in Okibou Community, Comr. Okibou Eddy, youth president of the community issued the statement to newsmen in Warri yesterday, a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspaper.
The statement had particularly endorsed Mr. Moses Okibou Labopere for the Councillorship position, stressing that the political marginalization meted out on them has gotten to a boiling point.
It would be recalled that earlier, some communities like Okibou Zion, Agedi Zion as well as Kandangba in Burutu Local Government Area had also endorsed Mr. Moses Okibou Labopere for the position which according to them is a way of balancing the political ratio in the ward.
While hinting The Liberator Newspaper, a source from the community who would not want his name to be mentioned in print noted that the political sidelining meted out on the axis despite being part of the ward is becoming worrisome and calls for great concern.
They maintained that for the purpose of fair sharing, it will be nice for the aforementioned axis to represent the ward in the fast approaching Local Government elections in the state.
Speaking further, the statement maintained that since the creation of the ward, they have not had the opportunity to represent the ward by producing the councillor nor have they been given any reasonable political appointment, stressing that the time has come to put things right.
It would be recalled that Mr. Moses Okibou Labopere, a leader in the area also contested the councillorship election at the level of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries during the last Local Government Elections in the state.
Moses Okibou had vowed that he is very much in the race again, pleading with political leaders of Ward 11 to consider him and his people this time around, adding that he will not dissapoint the leaders and people of the ward if elected.