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Delta North Traditional Rulers to Ijaw Kings: We’ll support your candidate for 2023 if…

The traditional rulers in Delta North, have declared their total support for Ijaw candidates, in forthcoming 2023 Delta State gubernatorial election.

The Obi of Owa kingdom, Ika North-East, HRM, Emmanuel Efeizomor (ll), Chairman of Delta North Traditional Rulers disclosed at his palace, when Ijaw traditional rulers from Delta South Senatorial district led by its chairman, HRM, Elder (Capt.) Joseph Timiyan JP, the Ebenanawei of Ogulagha kingdom and others paid a consultation visit to the traditional rulers on Wednesday, January 2, 2022 in Ika North-East Local Government Area.

Delta North Traditional Rulers to Ijaw Kings: We'll support your candidate for 2023 if...
Delta Ijaw Traditional Rulers in a group photograph with the Delta North Traditional Rulers

King Efeizomor who spoke on behalf the Delta North traditional rulers stated that they would give their full support to the Ijaws of Delta South Senatorial district if they have a sellable and credible candidate in the 2023 governorship election in the state.

He stated that the Ijaws are their brothers and, as such, they will do anything within their powers to support them in the 2023 governorship election.

He maintained that the Ijaws are known to be people of good heart, adding that for them to have the courage and goodwill to visit them, whatever they tell the Ijaws to do to promote their areas in terms of development, they would do it.

According to him, “My prayers since 1957 till date as a royal father is let God assign the credible ones on the various offices for perfection.

“I have been ruling as a royal father for a long period of time, I have met with different caliber of people, good and bad. So we will not want people without regards to rule us, because we, the traditional rulers, live by respect.”

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He added: “I have slept in Akugbene, I have slept, not only in the kingdom but in his own house, it shows that if your son becomes the governor and you told him that this is what I want you to do for this people, he will do it, so, on behalf of my colleagues, our case is simple, we concur and we will support you, if you have ‘credible and sellable candidate’ like Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. Because tomorrow is another day. The case is simple.”

However, the Chairman of Delta State Ijaw Traditional Rulers, HRM, Capt. Joseph Timiyan JP, Ibenanaowei of Ogulagha kingdom, during the visit, had earlier pleaded for mass support for their Ijaw governorship candidates.

He said: “In one accord, we the royal fathers from the Southern Ijaw have come, and this event had made me to flash back on past event in 2015. When our respected traditional ruler (Obi of Owa) and the immediate vice chairman of Delta State Traditional Rulers council visited us in the South in other to support your governorship aspirant. Similarly, we have come the way you came in 2015.

“Respect is reciprocal and the ‘way dog dey fall for each other, na him make dog play dey sweet.’ As we fall for you by supporting your candidates in mass, so we plead for you to fall for us en masse by supporting our Ijaw governorship candidates.

“The good people of Ijaw in the Delta South are so respectful, obeying constitution, respect colleagues and their royal fathers. Yes, they listened to us in the past by not arguing with your aspirants in this democratic era since the existence of Delta State.

“We supported Chief Onanefe Ibori, Udughan and Ifeanyi Okowa, which they succeeded by our massive vote.

“We, the Royal Fathers of the Delta South are here to plead with you in order for you to support our candidates en masse as we have done in the past,” he added.

Traditional rulers present at the meeting included, Elder (Capt.) Joseph I. Timiyan (JP), the Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha kingdom, Agbonu; Pere S.P. Luke-Kalanama VIII (JP), the Pere of Akugbene-Mein kingdom; Pere Ama-Okuso of Ogbe-Ijoh Warri kingdom, Monbone III, and, Dr. Charles Ayemi-Botu, the paramount ruler of Seimbiri kingdom.

Others include, HRM Bosu Dio, Ayamabulo1, the Pere of Iduwini kingdom, Burutu LGA; Ebenanaowie of Tuomo kingdom, HRM Francis Tabai, Pere Esuku 1; HRM, Barr. Peremobowei Shedrack Erebulu, Aduo III, Pere of Kabowei kingdom; HRM Emmanuel Warewini Arikawei, Etopo, the Pere of Obotebe kingdom; HRM Johnbull Polokowei, Apiarogun, Ongolo 1, the Pere of Ogbolubiri kingdom, amongst others.

By Enaibo Asiayei

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