Aggrieved Ewu youths form group ahead of 2019 elections
By Jon Egie
Vexed by the outcome of the Jan. 6 local government polls in Delta State and the characteristic imposition of unpopular candidates by the leadership of the PDP, a group of politicians in Ewu axis of Ughelli South have decide to accept their fate but with a resolve to be united for a common cause of protecting their socio-political and economic interests in future political engagements.
At its inaugural meeting held in Ewu-Urhobo, Sunday, Feb. 4, the group, Agitators for Good Governance Movement (AGGM) said it has the mandate of throwing up indigenes from Ewu, Arhavwarien and Okparabe kingdoms for election or appointment into various tiers of government-local, State and federal.
“This group is aimed at producing representatives that would protect the interest of our people so that we could reap the fruits of our labour and not just being hailed by the accolade of Sokoto votes producers with nothing to show for it” said the group’s Coordinator, Hon Joseph Uhawha.
Hon Uhahwa observed that most of the leaders in Ewu-Urhobo were aged and have become docile and economical with the truth regarding the political fortunes of the Ewu axis in the politics of Ughelli South, Delta State and the nation at large.
“But this group which is made of vibrant youths has risen to the challenge. We will fearlessly decide the outcome of next elections in this area so that we would be able to count our blessings when the chips are down.
“We will dictate and ask what we want for our areas in terms of infrastructure development and human resources empowerment through appointment and not mere cash gifts and drive for personal aggrandizement by demand for payment of school fees and house rents.”
He noted that very youth in Ewu-Urhobo was aggrieved by the political realities of the day that negated them to the background in Ughelli South whereas, they (Ewu people) come second after the Ughievwen people in terms of voting strength in the LGA. But the reality is that Olomu has usurped their position and political benefits over time, he said.
In his lamentation, he charged members of AGGM to be united in their grief and confront their common problem with solidarity.
“We will inter connect to alert each other of pains and gains and how to avoid and evade pains of politics” Uhawha said.
The group, though aggrieved by the outcome of the Jan 6 local polls maintained that they would remain in the PDP to correct the party’s anomalies from inside.
In a post mortem of the Jan 6 local polls, a member of the group simply identified as Usman from Orere pointed out irregularities observed during the election and vowed to resist such impudence and crass indifference to the feelings and dignity of his people saying “in 2019 there will be no room for a repeat of such rigging by the PDP”.
But the groups’ Coordinator, Hon Uhawha appealed for calm assuring that the electoral malpractices observed in the Jan 6 polls will not be repeated in future because, “the rat has stolen a plantain”.
He informed that the group has opened its windows to accommodate all aggrieved youths in Ewu-Urhobo irrespective of political affiliation.
“Any body who has been short changed by the political system is free to come and join forces with us to liberate ourselves from political slavery. You must realize that anybody who goes fishing without a hook, cutlass, line and bait and returns with a fish is a thief. We must strategize to mobilize Ewu youths towards result-oriented participation in political exercise” Uhawha admonished.
Over 500 youths of Ewu attended the meeting.