By Ephraim Oseji
The people of Egbaoma clan comprising of Akoku and neighboring towns of Umutu, Ebedei, etc in Ukwuani local government area of Delta State have decried the lack of social amenities and political imbalance ahead of 2015 elections in the area. They called on Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to remember them because they worked hard to vote him into office notwithstanding the opposition to the PDP in the area in the 2011 elections.
Speaking to news men in Akoku, the National President of Egbaoma People’s Congress, Comrade Chibueze Odigidawu, said the mindset of over 95% of Ukwuani people was to work and vote massively for their child, Chief Great Ogboru, whose mother is from Ukwuani. “Our people felt that they would have more benefits from the Ogboru candidature in the election when compared to PDP’s Itsekiri/Urhobo,” he said.
He continued: “Surprisinly, however, a few days to the elections, our son, Mr Leo Esegbue, was appointed as commissioner. We must confess that was what changed the political permutation. We were very happy because in history, this was the first time an Akoku son had been so appointed inspite of the fact that we are the biggest ward and oil producing community. But that happiness was short lived because he only served for few months. That is unfair. He is a good man that has the interest of the people at heart.
“When he was made commissioner, he opened a welfare center where he was addressing the various problem of our people. He also opened a channel for the people to reach government with their complaints which was called Delta State Government Complaint Center.
“He provided a facility in Asaba where Ukwuani people that went to Asaba for one thing or the other could be accommodated before they finish their assignment, called Ukwuani Peoples Lodge. None of the past or even present political office holders has sacrificed or implemented this kind of people oriented initiatives”.