Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
FOUR National Assembly candidates of Itsekiri extraction, Commodore Omatseye Nesiama (retd), Evangelist Michael Diden, Ekpoto Emmanuel Ekpoto and Amb.Young Piero, have laid bare their programmes for the three ethnic nationalities which make up Delta South if elected in the coming general elections.
Commodore Nesiama is the Delta South Senatorial candidate of the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP), Evangelist Diden, senatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), while Emmanuel Ekpoto and Ambassador Piero, are the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Labour Party (LP) House of Representatives candidates for Warri Federal Constituency.
The four candidates of Itsekiri extraction were at the town hall meeting organised by the Itsekiri Youth Political Forum (IYPF) held at the weekend in Warri Club, Warri, Delta State.
Fielding questions from the largely Itsekiri electorate, Commodore Nesiama, fondly called the ‘Commodore of Hope,’ informed the Itsekiri people that the tide to sail to the Senate to replace Senator James Manager of Ijaw extraction, who is rounding off his fifth term, was in their favour.
He, therefore, urged them to usher him into the red chamber as the next senator to take over from Sen. Manager through their votes in the coming National Assembly election, reiterating “The tide is in our favour. Vote for me.”
Commodore Nesiama, who meticulously rolled out his manifesto, warned that if the people lost the opportunity to grab the seat, posterity might never forgive them.
The former naval officer with vast knowledge in maritime security and sports administration, promised to properly appropriate and utilise constituency allowances for human capital development to take the youth out of the streets.
Nesiama also vowed to give priority to the education sector, with a promise to lobby other legislators from other regions to actualise his dreams for his people.
On his part, the Delta South Senatorial candidate of the PDP, Evang. Diden, popularly known as ‘Ejele’ while responding to questions in Itsekiri dialect, averred that the Delta South Senatorial seat is not for the Itsekiri alone, but for the three tribes of Itsekiri, Ijaw and Isoko.
Ejele, who’s known to have a large following among the underprivileged in the district, jocularly said what was at stake at the Senate was not an academic exercise, but a serious business of politicking.
Hon. Diden, however, promised to make overtures to fellow senators from other regions and tribes at the Senate to attract development to the people of Delta South, describing himself as a man of his words.
The APC House of Representatives candidate for Warri Federal Constituency, Emmanuel Ekpoto a.k.a, Tripple E, and his LP counterpart, Amb Piero, also rolled out programmes they have for their people if elected.
Meanwhile, Delta South Senatorial Candidate of the APC, Mr. Joel Onovwakpo Thomas, was absent, without a representation, at the town hall meeting held at the Warri Club.