By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI â€“ THE People of Ewu in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, under the aegis of Okugbe Râ€™ Ewu Solidarity Movement, have called on the state chairman of the Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Peter Nwaoboshi and the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan to remedy the political imbalance that has bedeviled the local government since its creation in 1991.
The group, in a letter signed by its national co-ordinator and national secretary, Comrades Stephen A. Ashemuke and Daniel Etega, respectively and made available to newsmen in Ughell,Â noted that though the local government is comprised of Jeremi, Ewu and Olomu political blocs, â€œ only the Jeremi and Olomu blocs have produced the local government chairmenâ€.
The group also noted thatÂ Jeremi bloc has enjoyed more than a fair share in terms of political appointments and held that â€œthe call to order became necessary because the PDP as a party believes in equity and fair play, hence the governorship has shifted from Delta Central to Delta South in the stateâ€.
According to the letter, â€œwe, the PDP members in Ewu political zone have decided that after eighteen years of deprivation in the political arrangement of Ughelli South Local Government Area, being the second populated political bloc in the council, in the spirit of equity and fair play, give us an opportunity to produce the next chairman of the local government council.
â€œThis will no doubt give us a sense of belonging in the scheme of things in our local government area. It is out hope that our state chairman, Dr. Peter Nwaoboshi, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, the deputy governor, Prof. Amos Utuama will do everything possible to support our appeal because of our undiluted loyalty to the PDP over the years. More so we do not subscribe to the idea of imposition of candidate on us.”
The group further maintained that â€œthe Ewu people can no longer accept this outright marginalization and unfair distribution of both elective and appointive positions in the local government because the re-occurrence of the neglect of Ewu political bloc could threaten the peace and security which is one of the three point agenda of the Uduaghanâ€™s governor in Delta Stateâ€.