Published On: Tue, Oct 8th, 2013

Delta: Scores Wounded as Isoko Youths Scuttle PDP Leaders Meeting at Idheze

LAGOS OCTOBER 8TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Barely a week after Urhobo youths in Kokori held Peoples Democratic Party Senatorial campaign team hostage at Kokori in Ethiope-East lcal government area, Isoko youths on Sunday were reported not only to have scuttle PDP leaders meeting at Idjeze, Isoko South LGA, but chased them away whereby many people were alleged to have sustained various degree of injuries. The youths grievances was that the political leaders used and them during the 2011 election.
SaharaReporters sources said the youth deployed dangerous weapons to chase out the leaders during an enlarged meeting at Idheze community, leaving several persons wounded.
Those said to have been chased from the meeting include Solomon Ogba, a former commissioner representing Delta State in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC); Mrs. Orezi Esievor, Commissioner for Special Infrastructures; Mr. Mathias Eto, commissioner representing Delta State at the Federal complaints commission; Mr. Ross Uredi, former member of the House of Assembly; Johnson Erijo, member representing constituency 11, House of Assembly; Benjamin Efekodho, former member, House of Assembly; and Mr. Goodluck Idele, chairman, Isoko South council.
Confirming the incident to SaharaReporters, close political associates to Uredi, at whose instance the meeting was called, said that but for the grace of God, several persons would have lost their lives when the boys invaded the venue of the meeting with sophisticated weapons.
According to them, the meeting, which intended to address the leadership tussle in the party as well as the feud between the council chairman and his councilors, among others, was going on when the angry youths abruptly invaded the meeting venue, shooting sporadically.
“Honestly speaking, I don’t blame the boys because the leaders who are the party hierarchy in the area have disappointed the people especially the youths they used during the 2011 generation elections,” said a former executive member of the party in the area. “During the 2011 elections, I am aware they made several promises to these youths but as we talk they have been abandoned. “After elections, you see these so-called politicians returning to their various bases but as soon elections are approaching you see them calling meetings upon meetings just to deceive the people again.”
One of the aggrieved youths, who identified himself simply as Oke described the party leaders in Isoko South as bunches of disappointment and failure.
“All of them you see are 419, after elections they will abandon us and once another election is getting close you see them coming around again and we said this time around it will not. All the promises they made to us went down the drain, no development and empowerment in the area. Ross [Uredi] want to take us into slavery again after his father took the whole of Isoko South into slavery for so many decades, this time around it will not work we shall resist and fight with the last drop of our blood.”
He said that only one member of the party had not abandoned them, and has tried his best to empower us in his own little way, and that they recently pledged their loyalty to him.
“Because of his good will, some members of an opposition political party joined us in a well-attended reception ceremony to receive them and as presently this has caused serious leadership tussle between this kind hearted politician and the fugitive Ross Uredi who will only resurface when elections are here again.”
SMS messages sent to Ogba were ignored, but meeting convener Ross Uredi, responding, denied the fracas.
“The meeting we had was a very successful one, we had our closing prayers which show the meeting ended and please bear in mind that the meeting took place in my village so nothing of such happened.”
Source: Saaharareporters

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