Despite one party status, protests ground socio-economic activities in Delta

Delta state Governor, Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa

Most states run one party status and ensure all local councils are controlled by their members as council bosses. Despite that, the party in power still suffers implosion.


Ahead of local government elections billed for March 6, 2021, no fewer than 15 local government areas in Delta State have at different times protested over creation of wards and imposition of chairmanship candidates in their council areas.

This situation has almost on daily basis, led to the grounding of socio-economic in the affected areas including Asaba, the state capital.

The latest were the different protests that rocked the state’s capital, Tuesday, as the protesters stormed the Government House located at Await Road, Asaba over the creation of the political wards and imposition of chairmanship candidates.

The protests culminated in traffic gridlock that rendered the road impassable even as business operators closed shops for safety purpose, for hours.

At the Government House gate, a group of protesters from Ijaw ethnic nationality besieged the main entrance gate over what they described as “political oppression by the Okowa led government”

The protesters who carried placards with various inscriptions such as “Enough of this oppression, Okowa do the right thing. Give us our ward, Ijaw can not be intimidated”. “Okowa don’t push Ijaws to the wall”, among others

They vowed to scuttle the forthcoming local government election if their demands were not met.

The leader of the protesters, Friday Deinghan said the government has marginalised the Ijaw people in Delta despite its huge economic contribution to the state and the nation at large.

He noted that in the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission DSIEC) wards, Itsekiris have 10 wards, Urhobos have nine while the Ijaws have none.

“We are Ijaws in Warri South Local government, recently the state created wards, Ijaws were neglected. We don’t have even one ward, but others have 10, 9 respectively.

Addressing the protesters, the Commissioner for Urban and Rural Development, Arthur Akpowowo, and his Ministry for Power and Energy counterpart, Basil Ganagana, applauded the peaceful conduct of the protesters, saying that their agitation was germane.

He said, “We are in EXCO Council  meeting when information came that protests were going on at the gate and the EXCO which is the highest decision making body sent us to address you.

“Governor Ifeanyi Okowa went to important assignment, his next in command the Deputy Governor is presiding over the executive council meeting. So, we urge you to be calm, we will take your massage to the EXCO and in due time we will sent for 10 delegates to meet with the governor.

Also, the people of Aniocha South and Oshimili South local government areas of the state protested over alleged the imposition of council chairman for the forthcoming coming election.

They said they were at the Government House  to inform the governor of the injustice, massive corruption, and evil imposition of a candidate in their party by certain government officials who they described as desperados.