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DELTA 2023 GOVERNORSHIP: What Ijaw Traditional Rulers Told Asagba of Asaba

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DELTA 2023 GOVERNORSHIP: What Ijaw Traditional Rulers Told Asagba of Asaba

Delta North Traditional Rulers with the Asagba of Asaba

Delta Ijaw traditional rulers have sought the support of Asagba of Asaba, His Royal Majesty, Obi (Prof.) Chike Edozien, CFR, for his support for Ijaw Nationality to produce the next governor of Delta State.

DELTA 2023 GOVERNORSHIP: What Ijaw Traditional Rulers Told Asagba of Asaba
The Chairman, Delta Ijaw Traditional Rulers Forum, Elder (Capt.) King Joseph Timiyan JP, Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha kingdom, speaking on behalf of the Ijaw monarchs. (PHOTO BY: Godbless Motiola)

The Ijaw traditional rulers appealed to the monarch to talk to his subjects, palace chiefs, everybody in Anioma including the governor to support them.

The traditional rulers made this known when they paid him a courtesy visit at his palace in Asaba to seek his support for Ijaw Nationality to produce the next governor of the state.

The Chairman of Delta State Ijaw Traditional Rulers Forum, His Royal Majesty, Elder (Capt.) King Joseph Timiyan JP, Ebenanaowei of Ogulagha kingdom, during the visit, said the visit is to plead with HRM to speak to his subjects to support ijaw governorship candidates.

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He affirmed that the Delta Ijaw traditional rulers is not a political movement but have to protect the interest of their children who have indicated interest to run for governorship.

DELTA 2023 GOVERNORSHIP: What Ijaw Traditional Rulers Told Asagba of Asaba
The Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Prof.) Chike Edozien, CFR (PHOTO BY: Godbless Motiola)

King Timiyan explained that four governors have ruled the state and two which are for the Delta Central (the urhobos) one from Itsekiri and one from the Anioma nation.

He hinted that the Ijaw extraction are always there as their brother’s keeper to support and encourage various ethnic groups en masse without bias and complain to produce the state governors.

According to his statement : “the purpose of our visit very brief, it is about Delta State. We, traditional rulers, are in political era, we are in a democratic system where governorship from tenure to tenure, and those that are interested will come out for people to vote for them.

“It is normal that parents need to protect their children interest and we, the traditional rulers, also it is our duty to protect the interest of our subjects. We are the third nationality in Delta State from urhobos, Anioma and Ijaws.

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

“We, the traditional rulers, deem it fit that now some of our sons and daughters are indicating interest, we should go round to meet our colleagues so that they can speak to their people, political class, leaders and politicians to support one of our subjects, the one they feel that can rule the state very well like Governor Okowa.

“Our mission today is to come and appeal to HRM to talk to his subjects, palace chiefs, everybody in Anioma including the governor to support us,” he added.

However, the Asagba of Asaba, while responding to the request, expressed delight for their visit to the palace, that the visit should have started 80-90 years ago, saying the basis of governance is to adopt peace and development that they (Anioma) support the principle of rotation to avoid query.

By Onomigure Agbamu

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