We’ll fight the Niger Delta fight
By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor, South-South
REAL Estate developer, politician and philanthropist, Mr. Victor Imagoro, an aspirant for the House of Representatives ticket of Ethiope Federal Constituency, comprising Ethiope East and Ethiope West Local Government Areas, Delta State, in 2019, has declared that consecutive Delta governorship aspirant, Chief Great Ogboru, is not a political factor in the area and cannot stop his aspiration in the constituency.
Speaking exclusively to Saturday Vanguard in an interview, the politician, who lauded the former governor of the state, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, for his development strides in the constituency and the state in general, asserted: “Ogboru’s membership of the opposition in Ethiope East will not affect my showing in Ethiope East in any manner. I am not afraid of Ogboru, I am only afraid of God.”
His words: “A critical look at the Ethiope East elections shows that Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, takes it all. Ogboru is not a factor, but the good leaders and people of our great party, PDP, are on ground. So as you can see, ranging from the sitting local government chairman, councilors and the current House of Assembly, they are all PDP. So winning is sure. APC has no political structure but PDP has well defined structure.”
APC can’t take over Delta
Imagoro dismissed the boast by the rival All Progressives Congress, APC that it would take over the state in 2019, declaring: “That is not possible; this state belongs to PDP and with me in the race in Ethiope federal constituency, the electorate will vote for PDP and PDP will continue to win, that is my take on this issue.”
Reminded that the lawmaker from Ethiope East currently representing the constituency on his party’s platform might seek a comeback, Imagoro said: “I do not play politics of bitterness by castigating people, all I know is that I believe in God, my conscience, my ability and capability together with the acceptability of the good people of Ethiope federal constituency. Simply put, all I am saying is that the work he has done, I am going to do more and improve on them.”
My take on Ibori
Asked if he had contacted Chief Ibori, a political pillar in the area, he said: “No, I have not seen Chief James O. Ibori, but obviously I will see him, he is our political father. Deltans saw the good works Chief James Ibori did in the state. He did so much and I admire his political ideology. “
“His winsome, comely, leadership style and natural endowment has distinguished him excellently among equals. I have personally followed his leadership style together with other leaders thus I have been greatly impacted. The people will feel the impact of my political ideology. They should mark my word.
“What I am saying is that Chief James Ibori has done a lot of good works for Deltans and in my constituency, I want to add more colours. Yes, I am proud of what he has done in Ethiope East and West. However, I hope to improve lives and to better their economic lot,” he said.
Why I’m in the race
Imagoro explained to Saturday Vanguard: “The reason I am contesting is to bring socioeconomic empowerment to the youth and women in our federal constituency, they have been marginalized for a long time and I am also going to work with the old to tap from their wealth of experience and advice to move Ethiope federal constituency forward.”
“By the grace of God, I am a blessed man, I am living comfortably but I want a platform to broaden my horizon to reach out more to the good people of Ethiope West/ East respectively. On the strength of this I choose to contest for the House of Representatives seat. I have been a bonafide and staunch PDP member in the state since 1999. I have been of great help and support to our noble party. I have worked for PDP and this is the time for me to use the platform to give more to the people of Ethiope federal constituency,” he said.
You talked about empowerment, previous and current representatives of the constituency would also say that they have empowered youth and women. So there is nothing new in what you are saying and when you talk about suffering and marginalization, what are you saying?
There are no jobs for the youth, that is why we see them getting involved in kidnapping, youth restiveness and other social criminal activities, it is because there is no jobs as well as lack of adequate business enabling environment . So I promise to make a difference and that difference is to bring federal presence to my people. If enthroned as the legislator representing the Ethiope federal constituency, I promise to be restless until sustainable economy development is achieved. Thus, people will see it and know that this is a different ball game.
You said you have helped PDP, how?
By sponsoring the party in her elections and grassroots campaign
Politics appear for the big boys; you have been around according to you but rarely seen, where are you coming from?
I told you that I want to give back, that is my main objective of coming out. I grew up a poor man, I am not from a rich family, and I have been in the community for a long time, I am actually into real estate development, which is my line of business.
In what ways have you empowered the people in the past before seeking a greater platform to enable them?
I have an establishment called Mega Care Foundation, which carters for the less privileged. Presently we have over 500 students on scholarship in our foundation from primary, post primary and tertiary intuitions. By the grace of God, we will do more in Ethiope federal constituency; we have also given soft loans to empower business women in our constituency to help their families, that I call true empowerment.
You were emphatic in saying that God has blessed you, what is the place of God in your life?
I am a God-fearing person and to Him be the glory, which is why we are here today. I have listened to the call of God and to the call of my people to help improve their socioeconomic well-being and to provide rapid development in our community
What really are your plans for the people of Ethiope beyond that you want to empower the youth and women?
First of all, we have bad roads; with my influence in the National Assembly, I will attract federal and state development agencies to our constituency towards bringing meaningful and sustainable development, good infrastructure and build of bridges in the Ethiope federal constituency. My agenda is to make sure that we have good companies and industries that will provide gainful employment to the unemployed people of our constituency.
Beyond the Ethiope constituency, how do you assess the performance of the incumbent governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa so far?
Okowa is doing a tremendous job in Delta state. He was recently given award for the good works that he is doing, I think that we should applaud him. Delta state needs to vote him again so that he will continue the work that he is doing. That is the reason that he is coming back and I am in full support of Okowa coming back as the governor of Delta state.
What are your thoughts for the Niger Delta region as you plan to go to the House Representatives?
We will fight the good fight of the Niger Delta when we get to the House of Representatives. The region has been marginalized for so long and we should be given our fair share. It is an oil producing region and its money should not be used to develop other places when the area has no road, water, electricity and the basic necessities of life. At least, they should provide the minimum necessities to them to attract business. When business comes in, that is revenue for Delta state and the region.