The Special Assistant to the Executive Governor of Delta State on Community Relations and also the Convener of The Bridge Builders, Mr. Peter Idion has charged politicians in Ika South local government to clamp down on their clamor for the position of House of Representative slot, in order to avoid heating up the polity in the local government.
Giving the charge, the convener of the apex pressure group and also a P.D.P stalwart at the local government advised the people of Ika South to tread cautiously in their clamor for the revered House of Representative slot, in order not to slight anyone or their sister local government in the process.
In a chat with an Ika Weekly Newspaper Reporter at his residence recently, Mr. Idion noted that he has no special candidate for the slot, but rather, he is interested in whoever will attract more projects and more development to better Ika Nation.
In his words, “I am aware that politics is a game of number, and majority carries the day, zoning of position is based on arrangement and lobbying. Am also aware that the governor may have said the slot will be zoned to Ika South during a function at Ika National hall, but you cannot hold him to that word, because at the end of the day, democracy will prevail, the people will decide whom they want to represent them and the governor cannot use his veto power to overrule the choice of the people”.
“There are other representatives like Hon. Leo Ogor, the deputy Majority Leader representing Isoko constituency and Hon. Mutu who have served for over 3terms at the green chamber, and due to that, they are now principal officers, and they now have upper hands in legislative matters, and that is why the people of Isoko are having more projects awarded to them. I am not supporting Hon. Victor Nwokolo, neither do I have any candidate in mind. Being that am from Ika South, I should be happy that it is the turn of Ika South people, but am after the development of Ika Federal Constituency, and who can attract more projects to us rather than whose turn it is to go; knowing the nature in which the legislative arm operates. Even if the governor in trying to stand by his words and decides that it is the turn of Ika South, and the people refuse, the governor being a democrat will allow the will of the people to prevail, just like he did in allowing the will of the people to stand, when he wanted to stop pressure groups from operating in Ika South.”
Mr. Idion further advised Ika South people to take it easy, and wait till the right time, so they can sit down, lobby and deliberate with Ika North East, in order not to cause any divide between both local government in their agitation for the position, based on what the governor said, adding that power belongs to God, and the governor can only cast one vote, and the people will decide who they want to represent them at the Green Chamber come 2019.
In the same vein, he urged all Ika people to avail themselves at Pace Hotel on the 18th of September 2017 for a prayer session tagged “the hands of God” for the governor, his aides, and all political office holders in the state, being put together by the Bridge Builders. The essence of the prayer he said is to pray for God to direct the Governor and his Aides and grant them wisdom to pilot the affairs of Delta State, and Ika nation. He also charged Ika people to rally round the governor, saying that it will be a thing of great shame, if Ika people lose the position of the governor without serving the normal 8year term served by others, so Ika people should be united, and speak with one voice. He encouraged Ika South politicians to mobilize the people to register for their voters card as in the case in Ika South who has gotten as much as 80,000 registered voters, rather than heat up the polity unnecessarily.
He concluded by saying that politics is by negotiation and lobbying, and not by threat or force.