South South Leader and elder statesman, Chief Edwin
Clark, has said it would be erroneous for the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State, to authorise zoning
of 2023 governorship at the next caucus meeting in
Clark, who spoke to Vanguard on phone, asserted: “It will
be wrong for Delta PDP to ratify zoning at their next
caucus meeting. Any decision to zone must be discussed
first before you say it is your turn. Why are they putting the
cart before the horse?
“If they know every zone has violated senatorial zoning in
the state, let us sit down and say now that all the three
senatorial zones have got it, which of the zones should
now have it. That is how it should be done.
“After Delta Central senatorial district, it will come to this
or after Delta South senatorial district, it will come to this
and after Delta North senatorial district, it will come to
that. Or you can say, okay, like osusu (traditional money
collection system), now that we have finished this round,
let the North start. It does not mean that if Governor
Ifeanyi Okowa goes, it cannot start from the North again.
If it is by osusu way that is way it should happen?
“Was there any meeting when it was decided that Urhobos
should start the rotation on senatorial basis or Urhobos
are using their majority in the PDP caucus and knowledge
to want to impose their wish on other Deltans.
“If it is so, what are we in the South-South part of the
country generally fighting the North for? We are saying
that they cannot use their population and education to
oppress the minority.
“What the Ijaws are saying is that we are in minority, our
area is peculiar to other areas. The Urhobos have only the
Urhobos in Delta Central, the Aniomas have only the Igbo-
speaking people in Delta North, but in Delta South, you
have the Isokos, the Ijaws and the Itsekiris and for
anybody to say that you cannot zone, according to
ethnicity, can you do anything in Delta state without saying
that you are doing it on ethnicity.
“So if you saying that cultural dance troupes should be
invited, are you going to invite only Itsekiri dancers from
Delta South, leave Ijaw and Isoko and you take Urhobo,
take Anioma, will it work in the state? So every situation
requires a particular solution, we have five ethnic
nationalities in the state. Everything has been done on
that, not based on senatorial zones. So if three of them
have got it, other two are saying that we want to have it,”