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Published On: Wed, Jul 1st, 2015

Where is Isoko Nation in Okowa’s Government?

By Goddy Odidi
LAGOS JUKY 1ST (URHOBOTODAY)-With the present political leadership in Delta State, Isoko nation is far behind in terms of political appointments and others. Even in the Delta State House of Assembly, Isoko leadership is not well represented.
In the last political dispensation, Isoko nation had 40 percent leadership in the state. It is sad that on the recent appointment given to one of the Isoko highly placed politicians was mere adviser to the governor. As a former Delta State PDP chairman could be given just adviser and nothing more. Isoko nation must grow beyond appointments and contest for positions that would bring developments to Isoko nation.

Again, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa should know that his political victory across the 25 local governments did not come from Delta North only but also Isoko nation added values to his political emergence as the governor of Delta State.Okowa ‘s selection of appointments must be cautioned not to turn the state into war. With the high debt profile left by his predecessor indicated that Delta State needs technocrats to move the state forward which cuts across all the ethnic groups in the state.
Isoko Development Union that ought to be the mouth-piece of Isoko nation is keeping mute waiting for mere appointments than drawing the attention of Dr Okowa to the region. If Isoko nation must move forward, our elected representatives either by providence or not must wake up from oblivion and agitate for change in Isoko.The narrow escape of victory by the PDP in Isoko over APC must teach our politicians lessons that, it is not as business as usual. Isoko nation cannot be relegated to the background like that than seeing our so-called representatives representing us well.
The national IDU leadership is a disgrace to our region where the likes of Paul Omu and Felix Ogbaudu cannot perform their executive functions to see Isoko nation as one united front. However, Dr.Ifeanyi Okowa must know that 75 percent of Isoko youths are competent to handle his government than given appointments to retire Isoko politicians with no political benefits to the region. Despite Barr Kingsley Utuaro, the deputy governor of Delta State is partly from Isoko but not fully representing the interest of the region.
Isoko nation must not be left behind in the sense that, last political dispensation, Isoko people were given portfolios to some large extent. Even as the governor is yet to appoint commissioners, with the situation on ground reads that Isoko nation would be treated as second fiddle citizens if not cautioned now. We can any longer mortgage our future for mere political appointments that has no basis in Delta State leadership. Politics of disunity must be jettisoned in the region. Now that Lagos IDU branch has elected new vibrant leaders to move Isoko forward, leadership marginalization would be a thing of the past .
Senator Okowa never rode to power without some Isoko hands that supported his victory. If Isoko nation must be recognised, all Isoko youths must checkmate the excesses of our representatives starting from the House of Representatives to State House Assembly.
Constituency funds met for Isoko nation must be accountable to the people. If infrastructural development must come to the region, then all our representatives must show concern and not to be used as scapegoats in Delta politics. It is time for President Mohammadu Buhari to identify with Isoko nation that has over 10 oil wells generating revenue into the federation account. Our muteness should not be taken for granted by the present government than establishing a political relationship in the region. With 19 clans and Isoko is the third ethnic group in Delta State, leadership priority must be respected if peace must reign. It is unfortunate that Isoko
Advancement Network (IAN) that was founded by the immediate past Secretary to the Delta State, Comrade Macaulay Ovuozourie could not see the light of day of projecting Isoko interest.
Lastly, Isoko nation is due for sitting up a refinery that would create employment opportunities for our youths through the federal government. We cannot take back seat in leadership of Nigeria again. Senator Okowa‘s government can only succeed if Isoko nation share equal political positions with other ethnic groups in the state.

Godday Odidi is Lagos based Social Media Analyst (08058124798)

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