Delta North Monarchs have appealed to politicians across the state to rally round the State governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa in the remaining two years of his administration to enable him finish strong in his drive for productivity and economic growth in the state.
The appeal was made at the weekend, when leaders of Ijaw political extraction paid a consultation visited to the members of Delta North Traditional Rulers Council at Owa Royal palace, Owa -Oyibu in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State.
Former Police Affairs Minister, Chief Alaowei Broderick Bozimo, led the about thirty-member delegation, which included former Delta State University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victor Peretomode; former Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Barr Neworld Safugha; former President of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Hon Prince Chris Ekiyor among others, to consult with the monarchs on their ambition to take a shot at the governorship race in the State, come 2023.
Owa Monarch , His Royal Majesty , Obi Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor 11, who spoke on behalf of the kings told the delegation that there was the need for political gladiators from the three senatorial districts to join hands with Governor Okowa to finish strong on his SMART and stronger Delta agenda of the state.
While welcoming the delegation which comprised politicians from Patani, Burutu, Bomadi , Warri South-West, Warri North and Isoko Local Government Areas of Delta South, the Owa Monarch applauded the visitors, saying that their desire was genuine but urged them to commit their ambition to God, adding that their doors were open to others who may wish to consult the monarch’s, as such consultation visits would help to strengthen the bond of friendship across the divide.
The monarch assured that they would consult with their subjects on what is best for them in the 2023 contest.
Earlier, the leaders of the delegation and a frontline Ijaw leader and former Police Affairs Minister, Chief Alaowei Broderick Bozimo told the kings that they were in the palace to seek permission to enter their domain and talk to the people on their ambition to seek for the number one position in the state, come 2023 governorship election.
He appealed to the traditional rulers to support the Ijaw people to produce the next Governor of Delta State with the support of other ethnic nationalities saying that the Ijaw in Delta State have been supportive in the emergence of governors over the years and pleaded with the traditional rulers to speak to their subject on their behalf.
Bozimo said, “We the Ijaws want you to recommend us to your subjects; we want to test power; we are doing it peacefully, realizing that traditional rulers are our fathers. We don’t want to burden you with political matters, but we want your permission to go into the state to meet with your people and campaign .
“The governorship position has not gone round; it should start with those who have not had it. We supported Delta North in 2015, it’s now the turn of Ijaws; we need it, we deserve it. It’s the right thing to start afresh with the Ijaws of Delta South, and we believe it’s a just and fair case,” he added.
No less than 30 traditional rulers from Delta North were on ground to receive the Ijaw nation delegation.