By Akpokona Omafuaire
WARRI—A member of Millennium Club for Transparent and Accountable Government, Chief Ighofose Okijirhie has faulted Ijaw National Leader and elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, on his statement that Chief Great Ogboru, All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate will lose to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, flag-bearer in the coming election.
“In the senatorial contest in Delta South senatorial district, one would have expected Chief Clark to counsel his son, Senator James Manager of PDP, to abandon his ambition for aspirants from either Isoko or Itsekiri nationalities if he truly believed in zoning.
“Clark demonstrably revealed to all by his indifference to arguments of zoning in the Delta South senatorial primary of PDP that zoning is only a conspiracy theory that is available in the play book of PDP that they could latch onto on account of the unblemished record and intimidating good will of Great Ogboru who they acknowledge their underdog candidate cannot match.
“There is no other way to rationalise Clark’s defiant silence on the argument of zoning by Itsekiri and or Isoko nationalities that an Ijaw man having occupied the Senate seat for four consecutive terms, equity dictates that it should be voluntarily surrendered to either Itsekiri or Isoko,” he said.
“Clark and those he is in cahoot with highlighted the importance of the choice of the delegates in their preference for senator Manager who is securing the ticket for the fifth time. On that occasion ,
Clark and his men labeled those who were bandying zoning as lazy and incompetent people.
“The truth of the matter is that in Delta State , majority of the electorate have decided to place competence and vision above unproductive zoning sentiments.
“If sentiments of tribal loyalty were as important as performance and competence, Nigerians will not be migrating in droves to Europe and America to enjoy the benefit of good governance by people they owe no tribal allegiance to in rejection of the misgovernance of their kinsmen whose only dream is to keep them in perpetual slavery.”