…You must consult other stakeholders – Pa John Edah
In what could be described as a departure from the old order, a Delta State House of Assembly aspirant, Mr. Emomotimi Dennis Guwor has declared his willingness to speak for both the Ijaws and the Itsekiris if given the mandate to represent the people.
Emomotimi who is angling to represent the people of Warri South Local Government Area in the House on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made this disclosure on Sunday 6th May 2018 while on a consultative visit to an Itsekiri leader, Pa John Edah at his private residence in Pessu Market, in Warri, Delta state.
While addressing his host, the House of Assembly hopeful explained that both the Ijaws and Itsekiris are one people facing similar challenges, a state of affairs that have necessitated the need to establishing a form of robust interconnectivity of the riverine communities by road, adding that nothing can divide the Ijaws and the Itsekiris.
The aspirant who was accompanied on the visit by Chief Clark Gbenewei, Chief P.T. Heavens (JP), Chief Ekomieyefa Uduboh, Chief Jeffery Ojogun, Chief Ebimobowei Oguma, and other well-meaning Deltans from the Warri axis further stated that the challenge facing the region is enormous and that informed his decision to contest for the position.
In his words, “We all know that Warri South West is that of Ijaws and Itsekiris and the reason I am here is to seek your support for 2019 as I am running for the State House of Assembly seat as it affects our local government.
“And I cannot do it alone, without the people and without the leaders, including all of you that are present here,” he added.
He further told the gathering that it’s not as if the government and past representatives have not done well, but it is also his dream by the grace of God to take the Local Government to the next level where the Ijaws and the Itsekiris will continue to work together and coexist in peace and unity.
Emomotimi further pointed out that looking at our environment, “one will discover that in Warri South West, one will find that there are a lot of Ijaw people with Itsekiri names, that fact alone is enough proof that God made us one and nothing can divide us,” he added.
The aspirant, therefore, promised a better representation for the youths, the women, and the elders if given the opportunity.
To support his position on the long-standing relationship between the two tribes that made up the local government, the aspirant stressed that he worked round the clock to ensure Hon. Mayuku represented the people in House of Assembly during his day.
He, therefore, called on the Itsekiris to reciprocate the gesture as it will be another Itsekiri man’s turn to go for House of Reps and all other position which he also promised to support.
Responding, his host, Pa John Edah offered prayers for God’s guidance and advised the aspirant to consult widely as the position he seeks involves other stakeholders support as well.
Also present at the meeting were Chief Eni, Mr. Samuel Aligida, Hon. Simeon Luwa, Hon. Blessing Omadoye, youths and women leaders of Itsekiri extraction.