Published On: Sun, Jul 28th, 2013

Urhobo Politicians Scramble for Ewherido’s Vacant Senatorial Seat

Late Senator Pius Ewherido


LAGOS JULY 28TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Few weeks after Late Senator Pius Ewjerido was led to rest Urhobo politicians have started jostling for the vacant Delta Central Senatorial seat created as a result of the death of Ewherido.
Urhobo politicians allegedly scrambling for the position are Chief Fred Majemite, former DESOPADEC Secretary Chief Asawata, Ede Dafinone and Otega Omerho among others.

Ede Dafinone is a member of Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) while the other three contenders are members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
URHOBOTODAY reliably gathered that as soon as the Ewherido”s death was made officials Urhobo politicians were already entering series of meeting on how to be nominated by their party to conduct the election for the vacant seat expected to hold ninety days after the pronouncement of the death the late Senator.
A source who did not want his names of printed disclosed that politicians were lobbying for support at ceremony venue of Late Pius Ewherido, adding that some of the politicians were only shedding crocodile tears at the burial venue.
Investigation revealed that the politicians have been conveying series of meeting and consulting party stalwarts in the state in order to get support for their ambition. Some have even gone to the extent of distribute salt, rice and other gifts to the masses in order to get their support in the forth coming bye election.
Pius Ewherido died of stroke on Sunday June 30th in Abuja. He was a member of the Nigeria Delta State House Assembly between May 1999 and May 2007. He was elected Senator for Delta Central in the April 2011 national elections, running on the Democratic People’s Party (DPP) platform.
Born on May 4, 1963 in Ughelli. He attended Notre Dame College, Ozoro and Urhobo College, Effuruin, Delta State. He went on to the University of Ife where he studied Philosophy. After his National Youth Service, Ewherido became a businessman in Warri. He also studied Law at the University of Benin and was later called to the Bar.
Ewherido joined the United Nigerian Congress Party (UNCP) during the NigerianThirdRepublic. After the transition to democracy was aborted by SaniAbacha, he left politics and returned to business. In 1998 he joined the (PDP) and in April 1999 he was elected to represent the Ughelli South constituency election in the Delta State House of Assembly.
He was appointed Deputy Speaker of the House when it convened in June 1999. From 15 May 2000 until 20 March 2001 he was leader of the Assembly. Ewherido was re-elected in April 2003, and was Deputy Speaker of the Assembly from May 2003 until May 2007.

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