By Cletus Opukeme
Former Minister of Police Affairs and Leader of the Delta Ijaw For Governor 2023 Lobby Team, Alaowei Broderick Bozimo has said the Ijaws clamour to govern Delta State in 2023 is not based on ethnic rotation of the governorship position noting that there has never been any form of zoning in the state.
Alaowei Bozimo stated this when he led a high powered delegation of notable Ijaw politicians, sons and daughters to pay separate visit to the People’s Democratic Party PDP political leaders and elders of Isoko South and North Local Government Areas.
He said the Ijaws did not just wake up and decided to contest for the governorship seat in Delta State without evaluating their political situation carefully stressing that the movement has nothing to do with ethnic rotation .
….let us search our conscience very well, there has never been zoning of the governorship position at anytime……the Urhobos have enjoyed it several times, the Itsekiris have also had it and now our amiable Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa is on the saddle from Delta North…”.
“Those who took part in the PDP governorship primaries in Asaba in 2014 know better that there was no zoning, it was very clear….don’t let anybody deceive you that the ijaws are coming out when it is not their turn”…when you talk about zoning you don’t speak from two sides of your mouth… zoning must be fair, it is not something you preach today and preach something different tommorow”…..Bozimo added
“We feel we have been sidelined, we had to throw our hat in the ring and plead with our brothers and sisters of Delta State….we are not vying for the governirship because it is our right, we cannot do that on our own….”.
……..”the Ijaws have worked so hard for this state, we are committed to this state politically, economically, security wise, we have come to beg our Isoko brothers and sisters, it is not our right but please support us”.
Bozimo noted that”…..we have not come to say that Ijaw must be governor, we feel that in all fairness we deserve to be considered for governor….our plea to Isoko land particularly the political class is to support us”.
The Isoko South People’s Democratic Party PDP Chairman, Honourable Odion Obaro Godspower who spoke on behalf of PDP leaders said the ijaws and Isokos are brothers and sisters .
“We have listened to all you have said and we will surely give you feedback….the governor has done well and we must support him to finish strong”.
Speaking on behalf of Isoko North PDP Leaders at the residence of Rt.Hon Leo Ogor, member representing Isoko Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives,the Pioneer Speaker in the Delta State House of Assemy, Rt. Hon Emmanuel Okoro said the ijaws and Isokos are one as they have prominent sons and daughters who are related to Isoko.
“Your coming to tell us that the ijaws are going to contest for the governorship…we cannot say no because we have been together, we cannot refuse what you desire”. “Go further and cement your political ambition with other ethnic groups, we are one”.
The Delta Ijaw for Governor 2023 delegation were the Leader,Alaowei Broderick Bozimo, Rt.Hon. Preyor Oboro, Deputy Majority Leader DTHA, Hon. Joel Bisina PhD, former Commissioner and Head of Secretariat,Delta Ijaw for Governor 2023, Barrister Newworld Safugha, Former Commissioner for Energy and Local Government Affairs,Chief J.T Government, Chairman, Governoring Board Delta State School of Marine Technology, Chief James Nieketein (JP) SSA to the Governor, Barrister David Ekereokosu,Pioneer Commissioner for Oil and Gas,Hon.Collins Olorogun,SSA to the Governor, Barrister Fred Owotorufa, Barrister Eric Omare,Former President, Ijaw Youth Council, Worldwide, Prof. R.K Moruku, Dr. Doubra Collins Okotete , IYC Chairman, Amb. Okporu Augustine, Mr. Tobi Kemezide, Mr. Funebi Numupeide,Hon. Stella Agidee,Comrade Tina Tobusi, IYC National Woman Leader, Mrs Poweide Bekes, Bishop Godwin Soroaye, Mrs Felicia Orounagha, Hon. Gloria Okubodogha, Madam Felicia Gborgbor Hon.Dorathy Clark,Mr Matthew Orusede,Chief Ernest Tobi amongst others.
The Isoko South PDP Leaders and Elders that received the Ijaw delegation were,Chief Solomon Ogba, Hon.Odion Obaro Godspower,PDP Chairman, Isoko South,
Hon. Bino Obouwomano, Chief Onojerame Benjamin, Hon.Edna Orezi Esievo,former Member DTHA, Chief Benjamin Efekodo,former Member DTHA,Hon. Johnson Erijo,former member DTHA,Hon Malik Ikpokpo Itiakpo,former Chairman Isoko South Council,Hon. Austin Igbini, Barrister Rev.Godwin Adolo,Hon. Joseph Orogun, Hon. Chief Joseph Obeuwou , Mr Obuke Ogbodu,Chief Kingsley Obeidhoko, Mrs Mary Ejiro, Chief Mike Okah, Hon. Mike Emammowho, Pst. Mike Akpobire, Mr. Duke Okeze, Hon. Philo Apena, Pst. Mark Orete, Chief Joel Urhobo, Hon. Orova Othuke, Mr Joseph Onos Ejabulor,Chief Patrick Egbuwoku, Mr. Obi Eneruvie, Mr Louis Agbidi, Mr. Afor Ogbolor, Chief Egbaoghene Ugolo, Mr Anthony Ukpu and Mr Omoefe Cheaver amongst others
The Isoko North PDP Leaders and Elders that received the Ijaw for Governor delegation were Hon. Jude Ogbimi Member DTHA, Hon. Engr.Oviemuno Oghodre, Commissioner,Project Monitoring,Pst. Engr. Jonathan Ukodhiko, Commissioner For Energy,Barrister Paul Oweh, DESOPADEC Commissioner,Deacon Christian Iteire, Isoko North Council Chairman, Dcn. Godwin Ogorugba, L.G.A Party Chairman, Dr. Partick Akporuno, Chief Emmanuel Edevor, Rt.Hon Emmanuel Okoro,Pioneer Speaker DTHA and Special Adviser to the Governor, Chief Phillip Adheke, Sir, Simeon Efenudu,former SSG and HOS ,Dr. Peter Emaziye, SSA to the Governor,Mr. Jonathan Umukoro, Mr. Daniel Tumumor and Hon. Mike Ogwa.
Others are Hon. Jaswill Asaba, Comr. Zino Owaemor, Mr. Uyeri Idudu, Hon. Bernard Idisi, Hon. Johnson Udubra, Hon. Gabriel Alabe, Hon. Joseph Otheremu, Chief Barr. Atikweke, Mr. Felix Ofou, Chairman,Board Of Directors DBS Asaba, Mr. Richard Isagba, Engr. Thomas Akpoedafe, L.G.A Party Secretary, Dr. Evelyn Aluta (Mrs) , Mrs Precilia Omonigho, L.G.A Party Woman Leader, Chief Frank Ozue and Hon. Emmanuel Egbabor former Chairman, Isoko North Council among others.