*Don’t heat up polity — Gen. Onyekweli
By DApO akinrefon
As the agitation for power shift in Delta State for the 2015 governorship election increases, the Ndokwa Unity Group, NUG, has appealed to the Anioma people to allow peace to reign.
In a statement by its protem publicity secretary, Mr Akwatese Alexander, the NUG said the focus of the region was to work together for an Anioma person to emerge governor of the state.
The group identified the furore generated by the comments credited to the Secretary to the State Government, Comrade Ovuozorie Macaulay, on the desirability or otherwise of a Delta governor of Anioma extraction, but urged the issue should not be allowed to heat up the polity.
It said: “Understandably, the said publication has generated a lot of angst especially from our Anioma brothers. At this point however, the NUG appeals to our brothers to let peace reign.
“Our appeal is hinged on the fact that this is not the time to trade brickbats but rather focus our attention and energy on working assiduously for an Anioma person to ascend the exalted seat of Executive Governor of our dear Delta state.”
It further appealed to all stakeholders not to heat up the polity but advised that “politicians should exercise decorum in their utterances.”
While it commended Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for stemming the controversy, the group said, “We therefore implore all to toe the same line as our amiable governor.”
In the meantime, the Deputy Leader of Ndokwa Political Forum, General Philip Onyekweli, has said that the controversy over power shift in the state should not be allowed to heat up the state.
He commended Uduaghan for dousing the tension over the agitation of power shift.
Speaking in an interview, Onyekweli said the need for power to shift in the state remains valid, adding that it will bring about equity and fairness in the state.