Chairman of the Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Chief Michael Diden has described the Ijaws and Itsekiris both in Delta South as one inseparable pair.
The frontline political leader therefore urged both tribes to work in unity to achieve a common goal since they are inseparable.
Diden stated this when he received a high powered delegation of the Delta Ijaw for Governor 2023 Lobby Team led by former Police Affairs Minister, Alaowei Broderick Bozimo in his residence in Sapele in continuation of the team’s consultative visits to ethnic nationalities leaders, traditional rulers, political leaders, elders and stakeholders.
He explained: “no Ijaw man that is not Itsekiri and no Itsekiri man that is not Ijaw, we must work together, the big river Ethiope you are seeing in Sapele has its source in Umutu, the river Ethiope is in the hands of Alaowei Bozimo,” Diden said.
The DESOPADEC boss who is fondly called Ejele speaking further that the Ijaw quest for the governorship seat in 2023 will be considered by stakeholders. He added that Bozimo and the Ijaws stood firmly in support of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa in his bid to become Governor in 2015 and that Bozimo’s disposition gave him confidence.
“When the struggle for Okowa to be Governor began, one big man that stood firmly for him and could not be swayed was Bozimo, his disposition gave us the confidence to the extent that the confidence made us the younger ones to remain resolute and he became a field, Marshall, while we became his lieutenants”.
Earlier Bozimo former Minister of Police Affairs in his speech reiterated that the Ijaw nation’s quest to Govern Delta State 2023 was not based on ethnicity but on the grounds of equity, fairness and justice.
According to him “We want to plead as brothers and sisters, it is good for those who have enjoyed the governorship seat to allow those who have not had the opportunity to have it, it will be good if it goes around , it is not by power or shouting, it is by the special grace of God”.
He added, “Like Ejele will always say, it is Turn-by-Turn Nigeria
Limited it is like Osusu, it has gone it’s a full circle, it must not be the person that collected first that will be first again in the new circle with support of our brothers and sisters in Iwere land, we want to register our interest in the governorship seat in 2023.
“We want to plead with the Itsekiri nation, I know we have had our turbulence in the past but that was in the past. We are committed to peaceful coexistence, hence the Ijaw nation massively supported Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan for Governor of Delta State from 2007 to 2015.
Bozimo commended the Ejele for the dedicated role, he played towards Okowa’s emergence as Governor describing him as a man who speaks truth to power no matter whose ox is gored. He further noted that the Itsekiris and Ijaws must forge a common front to make their lands prosperous.(