…ONTINWA, Uloho express support for Omaruaye
By Tunde Osho
The Ovie of Umiagwha Abraka Kingdom, retired Air Vice Marshal (AVM), Lucky Ochuko Ararire, Awaeke1, has urged Peters Omaruaye, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate for the Delta Central Senatorial District seat to fight against the marginalization of Urhobos once elected to the Senate in next year’s general election.
He made this charge during a courtesy call to his palace by Peters Omaruaye, accompanied by Michael Ogboru, the APGA candidate for the Ethiope Federal Constituency seat in the House of Representatives.
According to the Ovie of Umiagwha Abraka Kingdom, “Urhobo are passing through difficult times as a result of the bad politics of the past and opined that in order to restore the glory of the Urhobo Nation, the Central District candidate, once elected, must fight to restore the prestige of the Urhobo nation in Abuja.
The Ovie added that he was confident that with the entrant into politics of “young and energetic men such as Mr. Omaruaye,” with a new political discourse, change is bound to come after the 2023 elections.
He stressed that it is proper for only those who have resources to seek public offices because the level of stealing by people trying to enrich themselves had become overwhelming, and was a threat to the entire system: “So when you have your own resources, the tendency for you to work for the people becomes more critical compared to the person without resources who would usually go there with a priority to steal.”
The Ovie lameented the quality of people, who had run for office in the past, noting “Many had not even seen modern highways before reaching Abuja”, so as a result could not be expected to build them!
The Ovie listed the paramount issues facing the Urhobos as Resource control; Fair representation; A working functional Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC); A proper boundary adjustment between Edo and Delta State, stressing the case of Preso Oil Company and the Abraka Community.
The candidate, Omaruaye, on his part, thanked the monarch and told him that he had come to formally inform him, as a father, of his intention to represent the Urhobos in the Senate, and to seek for his blessing and prayers.
Omaruaye stressed that a new dawn in Nigerian politics had arrived with the recent electoral act that produced the BIVAS system. This system now empowers citizens, since it precludes the possibility of cheating and rigging as it was in past elections. This, he said, will eventually allow the popular choice of the people to emerge. If given the mandate, Omaruaye promised not to disappoint the Urhobo nation.
On his continued tour of the senatorial district, Omaruaye was warmly received by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Independent Workers Association (ONTIWA), a socio-cultural group at Uvwie.
The group chairman, Mazi Kenneth Iroegbolam, stressed the depth of its membership in the Udu, Ughelli North, and Okpe constituencies.
Accompanying Mr. Omaruaye on the visit to the ONTIWA meeting in Uvwie were Mr. Amos Ejedegba running for the Okpe, Sapele, and Uvwei Federal constituency seat in the House of Representatives, Engr. Vincent Urhie running for the State Assembly seat from Uvwei and Mr. John Enakhireru, the Delta Central Chairman of APGA.
Mazi Iroegbolam expressed appreciation to Omaruaye for identifying with them and described him as a man of character, who had proved his worth as a successful business man. Several members noted in their speeches that they had patronised Omaruaye’ business in the past, noting that if he brought to government the same zeal and vision he has shown in the manufacture of his quality blocks and pavers, then he would surely be successful as a Senator. The group, through their Secretary, Mazi Ugochukwu spoke intently of their fervent wish that he would prioritize the yearnings and aspirations of the ordinary citizens, above all over things. once elected.
Expressing the hope that that INEC would perform better with the introduction of the BVAS system, which was codified in the Electoral Act that was signed into law, Omaruaye assured ONTIWA that the level of electoral abuses witnessed in the past would be reduced.
He advised that BVAS has returned the power of “choice” to the people, to choose representatives of their choice, and should such representatives not perform, they can be recalled in subsequent elections. He stressed that it would not be business as usual for those who manipulated previous election results.
Responding, Chief Eze Osinachi and Marzi Ugochukwu, on behalf of ONTIWA, promised to give their maximum support to ensure the election of APGA candidates in Delta State. They stressed the need for new and vibrant candidates to be elected to facilitate an enabling environment for business and growth. He encouraged all the Igbos within Delta Central Senatorial District to collect their PVCs in readiness for the 2023 election.
In the last visit of the day, Omaruaye and his entourage paid a courtesy call at the home of High Chief Austin Uloho, the Osiorigho of Ughelli Kingdom. Against the backdrop of the long personal relationship between Peters Omaruaye and High Chief Austin Uloho, it was indeed a home coming for Omaruaye. The reception was that of a father receiving his son! High Chief Uloho expressed his gratitude for the visit, and prayed for the success of ‘his son, Peters’, in the 2023 Senatorial elections.