By Egbemavoice

President of the Ijaw Youth Council worldwide, Barrister Pereotubo Oweilaemi, on Monday said that for any political party to win the governorship of Delta state in 2023, the party will do well to produce its governorship candidate from the Ijaw ethnic nationality.


Barrister Oweilaemi, who is the 7th president of the IYC, a regional youth group which has been in existence for the past 20 years, said no political party will sail through in 2023 if it fails to produce its governorship candidate from the Ijaw ethnic nationality in the oil rich Delta state.

The IYC president, who spoke when he received some journalists in Warri , further said the issue of zoning which has been the strength of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) since 1999 has come to an end, inisisting that from 2023, the singsong in Delta will be ethnic nationality and not the zoning system which has been operational over the years.

If his argument has anything to go by, the pledge of the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, to relinquish state power to the Urhobos of Delta central, a zone which is already gearing for the coveted seat, may be heading for a head-on-collision with the Ijaws.

Prior to the 2019 governorship campaigns and even during the campaigns, Governor Okowa of Delta state had said he would hand over state power to the Urhobo of Central if he is supported to win the 2019 general elections.

The 2019 elections was one of the biggest nightmares of the state governor following the threat and intimidation form the national leadership of the All Progressive Congress and most especially the national chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Following the threat, Governor Okowa appealed to the Urhobos to vote for him, adding that he would ensure the Urhobos of Delta central produce the governorship in 2023.

But the IYC president is saying it is the turn of the Ijaws to produce the 2023 governor of the state, arguing that the need for the Ijaws to produce the governor was why they resisted the cabals who wanted to oust Okowa from office in the just concluded general elections.

“This is because we believe that it is when Okowa is given opportunity to complete his term that Ijaw man can be governor in 2023. We are working and putting structures in place to ensure we produce the governor in 2023. This time it is ethnic nationality.

“We expect the sitting governor to support that Ijaw project because ijaw people supported him. Change is the only constant thing in life.

“The senatorial district arrangement is over. We are not people you can easily push away. Whether you call it North, central or South, that is now history. We have successfully completed that arrangement.

“The next round should be based on ethnic nationality and the ijaw nation is very much interested in producing the governor of Delta state.”

Prior to the elections, Sheriff Mulade, an Ijaw man had earlier said it will be Ijaw turn to produce the Delta state governor in the year 2023.

He said the Ijaws are warming up for that, adding that it is their legitimate turn as the zoning formula in the state will favour the Ijaws who are the fourth largest ethnic group in Nigeria and second most largest ethnic group in the state.

He appealed to all political stakeholders in the state to respect and work for Ijaw in 2023 adding that Ijaw people will not tolerate any form of political miscalculation, gimmick and blankets promise to seek their votes for personal political interest



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