A three time member of Delta State House of Assembly, one time Speaker of the House and the current Honourable Commissioner for Water Resources, and the People’s Democratic Party’s Ika South Campaign Committee Chairman, for the March 6, 2021 Local Government election, Hon. Martin Okonta (Ph.D) lost his unit and one other to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded Local Government election across Delta state.
According to sources, in unit one which is his homestead, PDP polled one hundred and three votes while APC polled one hundred and forty-three votes to beat PDP in that unit while still in his immediate community in unit two PDP scored seventy-one votes as against APC one hundred and two votes.
Some of the indigenes of the community who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, noted sadly that with all his long sojourn in politics, Hon. Martin Okonta has not done anything for the community, adding that the community lack good road network and that for a very long time now, Ekuma community has been in darkness.
Speaking further they maintained that most of the people who voted for APC are members of PDP but because Hon Martin Okonta is not doing well, they seized the opportunity of the election to stage their protest.
According to them, among the sins of Martin Okonta is that he imposed a candidate on them saying that the current councillorship aspirant of the ward is not the people’s choice hence the protest vote.
A source noted that charity begins at home, adding that politicians should know that it is the people that elected them into the positions as such they should learn to take the plight of the masses as priority.