By Ochuko Akuopha
OLEH —A chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Burutu Local Government Area, Delta State, Mr. Richard Akassa, has urged the political class in Delta South senatorial district to give room for the Itsekiri ethnic nationality to produce the next senator to represent the district in the 2019 general election.
Akassa, in a statement, Tuesday, said: “Of the three ethnic nationalities in Delta South, it is only Itsekiri that has not produced a senator since we returned to democratic rule in 1999.
“We need a change in the senatorial position. The seat belongs to the Ijaw, Itsekiri and Isoko ethnic groups and each of them wants to benefit from the office. Itsekiri should be allowed to have it in the spirit of fair-play and equity.”
Soliciting support for the senatorial ambition of the member representing Warri North in Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Michael Diden, he said: “Diden is a detrabalised Deltan who is not known to have demonstrated a sit-tight tendency in any political office he has held.
“He has promised to be in the Senate for only one tenure and then work to ensure that the Isoko takes over before it goes back to the Ijaw. These are the kind of leaders that we need to bring peace and stability to Delta South.”