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20.10.2014 Opinion

Who Leads Delta State In 2015?

By Eberechi Kennedy
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The question does not necessarily need to be answered by the Governor, the bigwigs of various political parties jostling for the soul of Delta's democracy. It must be answered by everyone who yearns for a better Delta State. For clarity sake, the present Delta State was created on August 1991 out of the then Bendel State.

The State has three senatorial districts; Delta South, Delta North and Delta Central with 25 local governments. It has five major ethnic groups, Urhobo, Delta Igbo, Isoko, Itsekeri and Ijaw. Incidentally, since the creation of Delta State, only Delta South and Delta Central had occupied the Delta State governorship from Olorogun Felix Ibru to Chief James Ibori and the incumbent Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.

It is depressing that both the Delta Igbo and Isoko ethnic groups have not occupied the first leadership position of Delta State due to a seeming political marginalization. No doubt, as 2015 draws closer, many political optimists are indicating interest to contest for the office of the governor of the State.

However, not until Delta State PDP primaries are conducted, nobody knows who the next governor of Delta State becomes. Over 15 governorship aspirants have shown interest to contest for the Delta Governorship position come 2015 across the three senatorial districts. Among them are: Dr. Ngozi Juliet Olejeme; the Chairman of the board of NSITF, Rt. Hon Victor Ochei, former Delta State House of Assembly Speaker, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Chief Anthony Prest, Clement Ofuani, Elumelu, Festus Keyamo, Great Ogboru, Obaro Unuafe, Okiogbero Jonathan, and others. While some are political gamblers waiting for political appointments, others want to make a change in the state if democratically elected without party politics or otherwise.

In the midst of these highly respected aspirants under the PDP and opposition alike comes Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Olejeme; one of the distinguished aspirants in Delta North who has used her position so far to put smiles on the less privileged ones in the State without discrepancy over the years. She does not attack government other than create vision that can make Delta State and Nigeria move forward not because she is in government. Even recently we have seen in Nigeria a situation where people in high offices attack the present leadership of President Jonathan and others.

Dr. Ngozi Olejeme is not new to Delta State politics because she had once contested under the platform of the PDP. With years of political experience and Aso Rock connection she is in the best position to continue the reformation agenda of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan come 2015. More so, she is a down-to- earth politician with passion for the poor.

While the Delta North slogan says, “It is our turn to rule Delta State” some people have faulted that description alleging that Delta North intends to make the State ungovernable in 2015 but that is not politically correct because Delta North is qualified for 2015 governorship election which Dr. Ngozi Olejeme remains one of the most articulated and ingenious aspirants for PDP.

PDP is one of the popular political parties in Delta State. Though there was no written agreement over Delta State leadership over the years, but the fact remains that PDP should give room for an experienced politician like Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Juliet Olejeme, the mother of Delta State to test the leadership of state. There is this saying that 'what a man can do, a woman can do better' for she is a politician with integrity. More so, she is not frightened to be on a race that is mainly dominated by male politicians in Delta State because she is so passionate about taking the state to the Promised Land come 2015.

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