As we, the good people of Delta South go out to cast our votes this Saturday, we urge all our ever vibrant constituents to bear in mind that nothing short of the very soul of our Senatorial District is at stake in this election.
We simply cannot afford to vote for another person if not Uduaghan in Delta South.
Our Senatorial District does not belong to James Manager and his family as their private property and the four terms he has already spent is more than enough for anyone.
Manager does not represent the interest of the Ijaws. If he did, he would have groomed another Ijaw man to take over from him by now. Instead, he insists, it must be Manager forever.
It is now time for all of us in Delta South to say to him that he is not a god over us and we are going to show him the door, this time around.
Manager has brought nothing to our Senatorial District. Even when our brothers in Gbaramatu and other areas were being threatened, he kept quiet and did not say anything while claiming to be busy.
We can no longer vote him as our senator again. He should go and answer to the EFCC charges against him and stop politicking.
Unless someone just wants to be unreasonably ethnocentrist, it should be crystal clear to all and sundry by now that if indeed, Manager ever truly loved his fellow Ijaws, he would surely have found another Ijaw person qualified enough to replace him as a Senator by now.
Similarly, his professed love for the Isokos whom he claims to be part of is highly questionable. This is because if indeed he has any genuine love for Isoko, he should have found a full blooded Isoko man fit to replace him as Senator by now.
The whole ethnic card Manager has been playing is just a scam to hoodwink the Isokos and Ijaws to keep voting for him.
We just have to take our destiny in our own hands this time around by liberating Delta South from the stranglehold of this man.
Thankfully, for the first time since 2003, we now have an opposition candidate in the person of Former Governor Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan who can beat Manager at his own game, give him a run for his money and lead us in the liberation of Delta South from perpetual one-man rule.
While Uduaghan can be relied upon as a true, tried and tested performer and undeniable achiever, Manager, on the other hand, is nothing.
Despite all the blackmail and propaganda deployed against Uduaghan, most Deltans have finally come to the conclusion that he is one of the very best administrators the state has ever seen, especially since the complete disaster of the present Okowa administration came on board.
This Saturday, Deltans have resolved to bring change to their lovely state and Delta South cannot be left out.
We are voting in Uduaghan and voting out Manager!
By Priye Love-Owei
*Love-Owei, a commentator on national issues, wrote from Warri.*