By Ovie Bethel
It was a renaissance of political reawakening as the largest ethnic group in Delta State and 5th in Nigeria stood in unison,to further rejuvenate the true patriotic spirit of oneness and togetherness that has wax cold among her people over the years.
The Urhobos who are the major occupants of Delta Central due to the divine will and providence of God,have never had it so strongly,where every sons and daughters gathered to redefined the political equation in cognisance to equity,justice and fairness in Delta State.
Intrinsically,the Urhobos who have contributed tremendously to the growth and development of Delta State and Nigeria,have lived peacefully,cordially and harmoniously with other senatorial districts in the state.
Having served the state meritoriously as a people and allowed power rotation to all Senatorial Districts in the state,leaders of Delta Central formed DC-23 to work collectively with Urhobos and Deltans from other Senatorial districts to allow equity stand,for fairness and to further deepen our democracy.
DC-23 which is the jet to take the Urhobos through the journey of actualizing their collective aspiration in the interest of the entire state, inaugurated her National Executives and Board of Trustees,in an atmosphere of culture,political inclusiveness and raising the consciousness of sense of belonging within the Urhobo race of Delta Central,under the distinguished Chairmanship of Prof Sam Oyovbaire (Former Minister of Information) yesterday being 22nd May, 2021 at PTI conference centre,Effurun, Uvwie LGA of Delta State.
Speaking at the event,Prof Sam Oyovbaire pleaded with the media,not to misrepresent or portray DC-23 in bad light,as the aim and objective of DC-23 is to work for the interest of all Deltans,while he noted that the DC-23 is a lobby group,which every other Senatorial Districts have also done in time past.
According to Prof Oyovbaire, all Urhobo son’s should portrait DC-23 with positive light, having said Rotation or zoning is not on based on Ethnic ground but on Senatorial basis.”If you are a member of Urhobo Political Class, you should believe and stay with DC-23″ He added that Gov Okowa is never against Urhobo Nation.
Dr. Sunny Awhefeada a renowned Educationist,at the Delta State University Abraka, delivered the Keynote Address on “Urhobo,Delta 2023 And Beyond”. Speaking on the subject matter,the Scholar said Urhobo Nation being the fifth largest ethnic group in Nigeria, played key roles both in creation of Mid-West region,Bendel state and Delta State and the Urhobos were at the center of the whole Niger Delta politics in history of the Nation.He further advised the newly sworn-in Executive of DC-23 to open doors for other prominent Urhobo sons and daughters,who are not members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from other party,to jointly come together,in order to actualise the aim and objective of DC-23.He further thanked Chief Amori for his foresightedness,doggedness and for availing himself to be used as a worthy vessel,in ensuring Urhobo of Delta Central produce next governor in the state come 2023.
Dr Sunny Awhefeada while speaking on the political intrigued of 2006/2007 under Urhobo Political Forum (UPF),said UPF is never a failure,because the body did what is noble to avert what is plunging the nation to crisis with the Northern born to rule mentality.He affirmed,that the state is peaceful because Urhobos were never power drunk to resist power rotation in 2006/2007 that brought in H.E Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan from Delta South and same way in 2014/2015 that ushered in the present administration of H.E Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa of Delta North.
Chief Sen Ighoyota Amori,in his acceptance speech as the National Chairman of DC-23, expressed gratitude to Elders, Leaders and Members of DC-23,for finding him worthy to lead the noble group.He noted that DC-23,is not a political party,but a pressure group with a single objective of delivering on the Governorship Project in 2023.
Chief Amori reiterated that DC-2 is not a parallel body to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State “DC-23 is not formed to be antagonistic to our amiable Governor of Delta State,H.E,Senator Dr.Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa,DC-23 is not formed to promote disharmony among the three Senatorial districts in Delta State.Rather,DC-23 is formed to support our amiable Governor to enable him finish strong;to promote inter senatorial peace,love and unity in Delta State ,to create an enabling peaceful environment for succession of the governorship in Delta State”
Chief Amori further called for the support of everyone to actualized the goal of DC-23.
The climax of the event was the swearing-in of High Chief Sen Ighoyota Amori JP as National Chairman and other Executives of the National Executives and Barr.William Etubebi as Chairman and other Executives of Board of Trustees.
DC-23…….Delta Central For Governor.
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