By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI — A governorship aspirant in Delta State, Chief Ovie Omo-Agege, has vowed to wrestle power from the state Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, in the 2011 polls, reiterating that the Governor had grossly impoverished Deltans beyond any stretch of imagination.
Speaking at the palaces of the Ovie of Agbon, HRM Ogurimerime, the Ovie of Uvwie, HRM Abe III, the Osuivie of Agbarho, HRM Ogheneruemu Arubi, the Ovie of Ughelli, HRM Oharisi II and at Adagbrasa-Okpe, when he visited Major Gen. Patrick Aziza (rtd), weekend, Omo-Agege urged the people to support him in his quest to govern the state in 2011.
He said the findings from his consultations with the people of the three senatorial districts of the state, revealed that it was the desire of all Deltans that Governor Uduaghan be unseated in the forthcoming election, adding that Uduaghan had failed to move the state forward in terms infrastructural development beyond the legacies left behind by the immediate past administration of Chief James Ibori.
Alleging that Governor Uduaghan detested the people of the Urhobo ethnic nationality, Omo-Agege said that as the fifth largest ethnic group in the country, the Urhobo have been reduced to fourth class citizens in the state.
He said, “the Governor has been boasting that a small fish has swallowed a big fish. I am not saying that it is only the Urhobo people that must govern the state at all times, but the Urhobo must have a say on who becomes the governor and how the state is governed.”
Omo-Agege expressed his readiness to work towards advancing the welfare of traditional rulers in the state if elected in 2011. In his response, the Ovie of Agbon and chairman of Delta State Traditional Rulers’ Council, HRM Ogurimerime, lamented that the Urhobo were not united in their political agitation, adding that Omo-Agege was the first governorship aspirant to ask for his prayers.
Blessing Omo-Agege, he said the Agbon people were behind him in his governorship aspiration. The Ovie of Uvwie, HRM Abe III, the Osuivie of Agbarho, HRM Ogheneruemu Arubi, the Ovie of Ughelli, HRM Oharisi II and Major Gen Patrick Aziza (rtd) in their separate responses also spoke in the same vein, pledging their readiness to support Omo_Agege in his desire to champion the Urhobo cause.