There is no mincing of words when the Isoko people stated it is equitably their turn to represent Delta South in the senate with Hon Joel-Onowakpo Thomas of APC as their candidate. This position by the Isoko people is a resolution succeeding several roles played to ensure other ethnic nationalities reached their prime; so it will be ill-fated for anyone to think or orchestrate moves otherwise.
Like some people are meant to believe, Isoko ethnic nationality is not a conquered territory and to feel their support over time classified them as such is not only disrespectful of a people waiting for the appropriate time for reciprocity but challenges their prestige and collective resolve.
From 1999 till date, cum 5 tenures, an Isoko woman named Stella Omu started as the first senator of Delta south. But on the need for equity, James Manager from Ijaw took over and remained for 20 years which is due to expire in 2023. This is a seat that should supposedly be rotated amicably among nationalities in Delta South alongside the governorship seat.
Moreover, while Manager held sway, Dr Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan from Itsekiri got the prime political office zoned to Delta south and ruled as governor for eight years. For eight years, the Itsekiris held the number one position in Delta State. The Ijaws has also occupied an executive position in Niger Delta Development Commission while the Isoko gasped for breath as commissioner representing Delta State.
In all, there is no political algorithm from any closet or cocoon that can dissuade the Isoko people’s sacrosanct resolve on their senatorial bid. Isoko nationality has been so marginalised in the political machination of Delta South so it will be unwise for anyone or nationality not to support their bid for the senate to correct the anomaly with regards to the support that transcends over a decade of yearning for reciprocity.
Hon Joel-Onowakpo is the collective resolve of the Isoko people for Delta South senatorial seat and any clandestine move to truncate the will of the peace-loving people of Delta South will be met with stiff resistance at the poll.
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