Former secretary to Delta state government, Comrade Ovuozorie Macaulay, has said that the people of Itsekiri ethnic nationality in Delta state must claim the Delta south senatorial position for the 2019 general election, noting that should the Itsekiri people fail to claim the 2019 senate, the Isoko people will contest the position in the 2023 general elections.
Ovouzorie, who served as SSG in the second term of former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, who is presently gunning for the senate to take over from the incumbent Senator Manager, warned that the Isoko people of Delta south will not fold their arms in 2023 and allow any other ethnic group to take senate from them.
Macaulay, who was former chairman of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Delta prior to his appointment as commissioner for conflict resolution by former Governor James Ibori, spoke when a group of journalists visited him in home in Asaba, the Delta state capital.
Former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, had attempted the senate at the twilight of his administration in 2015 but gave up the ambition following the unwillingness of the incumbent, James Manager, to relinquish the senate having represented Delta south from 2003 when former Senator Stella Omu of Isoko extraction left in 2003.
Macaulay, who said following his stint in the state government to the level of SSG, there is no office that is suitable for him in the state, noting that the only office that could fit his position is that of governor or deputy governor but not House of assembly not House of Representatives.
As it is now, he said: “It is not Isoko time to go to the senate. Isoko handed over to Ijaw which James Manager is occupying now. Ijaw should hand over to Itsekiri and Itsekiri will hand over to Isoko. Itsekiri should take their turn now.
“Ijaw has been there for 16 years, if itsekiri fails to take over the Delta south senate in 2019, Isoko will take it in 2023. That is why I will not go for the senate now. When it’s 2023, Isoko will take their turn, if there is no acceptable person on ground I will go for it.”
The battle for the Delta south senatorial position has been seriously under contention as James Manager who has served for 16 years is unwilling to step down for the Itsekiri people to take over the senate.
Uduaghan surrendered the race, according to him, to allow peace reign in the state, hence he is of the belief that Manager should hand over without much battle to him.
Even at that, member representing Warri north in the Delta state house of assembly, Michael Diden, is heavily interested in the delta south senate and is bent on truncating the moves of Uduaghan to clinch the ticket under the PDP platform.
While some quarters allege that Diden is playing a spoiler’s game, alleging that he is being sponsored by some powerful individuals to frustrate Uduaghan’s senatorial ambition, Diden is insisting that he is not playing anybody’s script but he is fully running on his own volition to win the Delta south senate under the PDP.