By Festus Ahon
ASABA—THE People of Egbema Community in Warri North Local Government Area, Delta State, Tuesday, have decried what they described as political marginalization of the Ijaw in the area in the last 26 years.
Alleging that they have neither been allowed to produce a chairman of the local government council nor represent the constituency in the State House of Assembly, they accused the state government and the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of masterminding their marginalisation.
The protesters numbering over 1,000 who besieged the state Government House, frowned at the alleged imposition of chairmanship candidate on them in the forthcoming local government election in the state, describing it as unconstitutional and discrimination against the Ijaw people in the council area.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Mr Joel Bisina lamented that since the creation of the local government, the Egbema people had never been allowed to produce the local government chairman or given the chance to field a candidate.
Stressing the need for equity in power allocation, Bisina said that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the immediate past Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, were beneficiaries of power rotation initiated by former Governor James Ibori.
Explaining that the Egbema people have four wards while the Itsekiri people have six, he alleged that only 15 Egbema people were working out of the 762 workers in the council.
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