OKPE-ISOKO DECRIES MARGINALIZATION UNDER DEMOCRACY
By Harriet Anetor
Okpe-Isoko people in Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State has bemoaned total negligence and complete marginalization of the kingdom in the face of democracy saying that, it is a great injustice against the people of the community on the part of the Government.
Speaking during an event organized by Comr. Utomudo Fidelix Obokparo with the sole aim of orienting the people on active participation in politics and how to vote the candidates of their choice in the forthcoming election, Ijede Samson, Ovie Oneroha (PDP Youth Leader) and Clifford Udekpu lamented the absence of government’s presence in Okpe-Isoko emphasizing that, the community has been short-changed by the present Government and other administrations since the inception of Democracy in Nigeria.
They all vowed to wake up and change the misfortune of the community this time around by voting for candidates not political party in the general elections, they also argued that the time is ripe for an Okpe-Isoko man from Isoko North constituency 1 comprising of Ozoro, Ellu, Oyede and Ofagbe, to go into the Delta State House of Assembly if a verdict is given in favour of two constituencies in Isoko North.
On his part, Comr. Utomudo Fidelix who anchored the ceremony thanked the Okpe Youths for supporting him to emerge as the Secretary General of Isoko National Youth Assembly adding that, the Comr. Victor Egbo led INYA is poised with the task of Youth empowerment through skill acquisition, training and negotiation with top government official for meaningful empowerment.
Utomudo who agreed to the notion that, Okpe Isoko was grossly marginalized however preached peace in the election urging the youths never to take to arms and ammunition during the election adding that, Okpe as an ancient community is known for peace having vibrant men and women of repute and harped on the need to support the government of the day as the need of the community will be channeled to the appropriate quarters for necessary considerations.
In his remark, Mr. lucky Igo from Ofagbe enjoined the people of Okpe Isoko to remain calm, admonishing them to follow the part of peace in demanding for what is due to them, but warned against fighting over a DTHA slot that is uncertain.