By Kelly Gilor
The leaders of Egbema Kingdom under the aegis of Egbema Leaders of Thought in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta state have called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to appoint their sons and daughters in his second tenure as reward for their loyalty and massive support they gave him during the last governorship election.
Speaking with journalists on behalf of the Egbema Leaders of Thought (ELT), Ex- General and former member of Delta Water Ways and Land Security, Ambassador Aroni Oputu said, the people of Egbema Kingdom in Warri North Local Government have not been given political appointment despite our loyalty and massive votes to deliver Governor Okowa and all PDP candidates in every election in the state.
Speaking further, Ambassador Oputu recalled how the people of Egbema Kingdom risked their lives to deliver Governor Okowa in the last governorship election despite the pressure and promises of APC leaders. “We have always supported and voted PDP in every elections, but when is time for political appointment, the people of Egbema have never been considered. We are begging our dear Governor to consider us this time”, he said.
According to him, “it will interest you to know that the Egbema Kingdom in Warri North local government are host community to Dibi oil field, Olero creek oil field, Opu-ekeba flow station operated by Chevron and Opuama flow station operated by NPDC, you can see that Egbema Kingdom contribute over Forty percent of the state internal revenue. Despite our contributions to the state revenue and the massive votes to deliver our dear Governor, we the people of Egbema are yet to get any political appointment. Egbema Kingdom have paid their dues, so let our dear Governor consider us and look into our plights.”
Pressing further, Ambassador Oputu stressed, “We the people of Egbema Kingdom in Warri North local government are using this medium to appeal to our ebullient and listening Governor, His Excellency Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa to appoint Egbema sons and daughters in different political offices in order to give the Egbema Kingdom a sense of belonging as partners in progress for Stronger Delta.
“We thank the Governor for appointing Ijaw people in other Local Government Areas in the state and we congratulate all appointees while waiting for our own, “he said.