By Allen Ugbedi
Response to Barr. Jesutega Onokpasa regarding his recent tirade on the subject title “why my fellow Urhobos should support Governor Okowa” and his arguments against why an APC governor from Delta North may not administer for only one term and handover to the Urhobos in 2023.
Jesutega Onokpasa, you know deep in your heart that you deserted your own people, the Urhobos, when they needed you the most, now you are taking so many pains to preach a sermon to justify your unpatriotic and worthless action. Let me tell you that your epistle is dead on arrival. It is even painful to many Urhobo ears. The Urhobos of today that I know are far smarter than what your Gov. Okowa think they are. He truly believes that he can blindfold them yet again. Well, they already know he does not mean well for Urhobos, So, enough of your trying to twist their minds with big grammar that spikes like a sting on the Urhobo soul. It is even more painful because the favour that Urhobos did to Okowa to make him Governor, he has paid back in “bad coins”.
You are aware that the highest serving official in Okowa’s government from the Urhobo ethnic nation, Mr. Ovie Agas, the Secretary to the State Government, has no powers whatsoever. Many Okowa’s Commissioners fare even worse. So, don’t come here to try to fool or insult Urhobo mentality with your hollow defence.
You are a man of low virtue that is why you say there is no politician that will do one term when he has an ample opportunity to do two terms. Well, I can present you with a well-known politician, a man of virtue, of wisdom and of integrity, who does what he says, and means what he says. That man is Mr. Nelson Mandela. Not minding all the pains that were wrought on him by the apartheid South Africa, he very well understood that his place in history was to unite South Africa and restore their sense of hope and pride. He knew that his role was to strengthen their resolve against any further oppression. He was sworn in as President, bigger than Governor, and yes, he did one term. As a man of honour he handed over as planned, even when the ovation from South African and the entire world was loudest.
The APC rescue plan is to give Deltans a capable, honest and determined hand that will set a new agenda for our people, and if from Delta North he will do one term only and then handover to Urhobos. He will be well aware that his role is to set up a fresh path to a New Delta devoid of the rot that PDP has bequeathed on our people since almost 19 years and with trillions of Naira spent.
Lastly, you argued that Okowa has not done badly to Urhobo land, but I will tell you to open your eyes to that hill of hope that was established to cater for the devastation of Urhobo land that oil production with all its paraphernalia brought on the people. The agency is called DESOPADEC. It was set up specifically to help develop oil producing areas, but because it will not serve Okowa’s agenda, the very first thing Okowa did when he took office was to amend the DESOPADEC law so that he can redirect the huge benefits that is due to Urhobo land elsewhere. Today, DESOPADEC is gasping for breath, struggling to stay alive because Okowa has removed its live wire, money. Well, let me tell you that APC will restore that original idea of setting up the agency, and make sure that all rightful beneficiaries continue enjoy their God-given wealth, and restore their environment to one that can serve the people again.