Ovie Omo-Agege and Ighoyota Amori were two of the most prominent political enforcers at the twilight of the James Ibori political dynasty in Delta Central Senatorial District. They also shared a common dream of representing the senatorial district in the Eighth Senate. After an initial victory by Amori, Omo-Agege last weekend got the final nod.
By Festus Ahon
NEWS of the Appeal Court judgment ousting Chief Ighoyota Amori of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District shook the political firmament in the constituency in the evening of Saturday 19th December, 2015.
Remarkably, it came not too long after Amori as the serving senator had hosted a lavish thanksgiving service to celebrate his victory over Obasi Ovie Omo-Agege, the Labour Party candidate at the tribunal.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and other top government functionaries from across the country witnessed the thanksgiving service at Amori’s Mosogar hometown in Ethiope West Local Government Area of the State.
Remarkably, Amori had started climbing the ropes in the Senate and was beginning to flex muscles until last Saturday’s judgment by the Court of Appeal in Benin knocked him out of the Senate.
For the duo of Amori and Omo-Agege, the March 28 Senatorial election was like their last political fight, an avenue for them to prove political prowess and superiority in the politics of Delta Central.
Amori had in 2011 slugged it out with late Senator Pius Ewherido and lost to the latter in a keenly contested election, the outcome of which he challenged at the election petition tribunal but also lost. He also vied for the Senate in the rerun election after the demise of Senator Ewherido but lost to Senator Emmanuel Aguariavwodo at the primary election.
On his part, Omo-Agege who had eyed the governorship since 2007 without success, had in 2013 also taken his eyes towards the Senate and contested with Aguariavwodo and Amori for the Delta Central Senate seat but lost to Aguariavwodo.
So for the two of them the 2015 Senate election was an opportunity for the two of them to prove to their skeptics that they could secure political office through the ballot.
The advent of Omo-Agege would again put the PDP under pressure in Delta Central as it gives strength to the opposition Labour Party, which is the main opposition to the PDP in the state.
Besides the PDP, Omo-Agege’s victory also puts pressure on the All Progressives Congress, APC which had sought to position itself as the main opposition party in the state. With Labour Party now having a seat in the Senate the party could well pride itself as the main opposition party in Delta State, an issue that party members are bound to take pride in despite the odds against it.
Expectedly, associates of the victor were exuberant at the weekend saying it portends a better future for the Urhobo people who predominantly occupy the Delta Central Senatorial District.
Those who spoke include; Chief Austin Uloho, Lady Kate Mudiaga-Erhue, Mr Julius Akpovoka and Mr Elvis Oharisi.
Uloho said Omo-Agege would fit into the big shoes left behind by the late Senator Pius Ewherido describing the verdict as the best thing that has ever happened to the Urhobo nation in recent times.
According to him a strategist like Omo-Agege was urgently needed to reposition the Urhobo nation.
Lady Mudiaga-Erhue said the emergence of Omo-Agege would yield positive results for the Urhobo people and said the Urhobo needed somebody like Omo-Agege who according to her, has the genuine interest to serve his people to represent them at the Senate.
While dedicating the victory of Obaisi Ovie Omo-Agege to God and the common people in the senatorial district, Mr. Akpovoka expressed confidence that he (Omo-Agege) would make the Urhobo people proud at the Senate by initiating good bills that will accelerate the socio-economic development of the area.
On his part, Mr. Oharisi said Omo-Agege went into the election to redeem the Urhobo nation from the shackles of under development and poor representation at the Senate.