Anioma Agenda, a political pressure group that seeks the emergence of the governor of Delta State in 2015 from the northern Senatorial zone of the state has called on the people of the state to support its quest for the sake of justice and fair play.
The group, in a press statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Alex Nnamdi Onwudiamu and Secretary Godwin Ossai, also condemned what it called desperate moves by an Urhobo group to deny Anioma people their turn to be governor.
They said the call was necessary due to current political manoeuvres with reference to a “recent parley between Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and Urhobo Progressive Union (UPU), which we see as having the capability of creating disaffection among the different federating units in Nigeria with predictable consequences on the polity, peace and unity currently pervading the landscape in Delta State.”
While urging UPU to exercise restraint in the interest of the Delta State, Anioma Agenda explained that the Anioma people’s strategy to clinch the governorship position of Delta State in 2015, is that of “appeal and persuasion to the conscience of all, hinging primarily on the altar of equity and fairness and backed strongly by the political history of Delta State since its creation in 1991,”
The group added that the “Anioma people will obviously not accept to remain in a state where we do not have equal access to political power, neither are we going to say that in pursuance of our quest for power, that we are willing to engage all and sundry in a needless desperation for power at all costs.
“We are seeking, soliciting and pleading for the support of the Urhobos, Ijaws, Isokos and the Itsekiris knowing full well that an alliance within Delta State shall achieve for us the desired good and we advise other ethnic nationalities to follow this worthy example which is hinged on equity, justice and fairness. Indeed, we believe equity breeds unity.”