By Wale Akinola
The people of Orogun Kingdom in Delta State, led by the monarch, His Royal Majesty Eferesome, Otagba 1, the Okpara-Uku of Orogun, have endorsed the governorship aspiration of Chief Ovie Omo-Agege.
This is coming few weeks after a similar endorsement by prominent politician, Chief Peter Okocha and his group in Ibusa, in the Delta North as well as the Anioma Youth Movement among other groups.
Omo-Agege, a governorship candidate in the state on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was in Orogun as part of his statewide tour to sell his candidacy to the people of the state.
Speaking on behalf of the monarch and the people, Palace spokesman, Chief Peter Wanogho, described Omo-Agege as a man of the people, who will use the office of the Governor to better the lot of Deltans.
Among other attributes, he said the aspirant has enormous respect for traditional institutions and even contributed towards the building of the new palace of the Orogun monarch.
“So it is the collective wish of all the Orogun sons and daughtersto ensure the realization of Ovie Omo-Agege’s ambition to become the governor of Delta State. In short, it is very unfortunate that we are in a modern world, if not we would have gone back to that system where evil doers and those who don’t want progress are cleaned form the earth. Idochie (Orogun diety) shall be upon that person,”he said.
Chief Wanogho urgedall Orogun sons and daughters to support the aspirant, noting that Orogun has never produced the governor of either the old Bendel or Deltastate. “Rather what we had was deputy governor in the person of thelate Chief Demos Akpore, who did not see eye to eye with (late) Governor Ambrose Ali,”he added.
Earlier, Omo-Agege, in his speech had expressed gratitude tothe Orogun monarch for standing on the path of truth at a time when the community was in crisis. The aspirant said what he is after nowis how the entire Orogun community can come together and speak with one voice, even as he stretched his hands of fellowship to all those who are on the other sideto see reason on why they should walk with him, adding that he has the interest of both Orogun and Delta State in mind.
He urged the people to go outand register with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)when the registration exercise begins. “That is the only way you can help me at the appropriate time, but if you don’t register how can you vote? So go and register,”he said.
Omo-Agege, who is from the Orogun kingdom said he delayed in coming to his people with his ambition because he needed to consult with other groups in the state.
“If I come here first, you will ask me whether I have had consultations with the Itsekiris, Isokos, Ijaws, Urhobos and the Ibos. Since I have done that and they have endorsed me for the position of governor of Delta State come 2011, I am here to receive your prayer and blessings, “hesaid.
He however acknowledged the fact that the race to the Government House in Asaba will not be a tea party, but promised that with the support of the people of the state, he will emerge victorious in 2011.
Meanwhile, Ethiope West Political Forum for change has also endorsed Omo-Agege as its sole governorship candidate come 2011. The endorsement was made known when the group led by its president,Mr. Aaron O. David paid a visit to the aspirant.
The group’s spokesman, Mr. Onoriode Williams said the endorsement was as a result of Omo-Agege’s track record and his background against other contestants.