A prominent leader and Prime Minister of Tuomo Kingdom in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta state, Mike Loyibo has urged the people of the state to exercise patience on the decision of who will succeed Ifeanyi Okowa in 2023.
Ahead of the governorship election, there is growing tension among the various zones of the state particularly, the Ijaw nation of Delta south and their counterparts from Urhobo nation in the central over which of them should produce the next governor.
The Urhobo in Delta central believes it is their turn to produce the state governor in 2023 based on the unwritten zoning agreement among the three senatorial districts while the Ijaw insists that the rotational agreement should be ethnic-based rather than the senatorial district.
Addressing the issue when a Frontline lobby group from Delta central, DC-23 paid him a consultative visit on Sunday, Loyibo urged the parties to exercise calm and wait for Governor Okowa as the leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, to make a decision on where his successor should come from.
The Ijaw leader noted that Okowa has a role to play on who succeeds him in 2023.
“The DC-23 has a very valid argument. But the Ijaw governorship is rooted in every Ijaw man. There is only one shepherd and the governor is the current shepherd of the PDP political family in Delta State.
“I am a follower and believer of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. The governor has told me that he is still praying. So I want to appeal to all of us to be patient and wait for the outcome of that prayer because I believe that the prayer will be answered.
“Whatever the governor decides, I will fully support. I am not a man that can be intimidated by anyone. What I say, I have the capacity and resources to back it,” he said.
However, the National chairman leader of the DC-3, Ighoyota Amori who led the group to the monarch, still made case for the zoning based on senatorial district, imploring the Ijaw nation to jettison their governorship ambition and allow Urhobo to be governor after Okowa.