Following a recent media publication by the Oghareki Traditional Council of Chiefs known as the “Oguedio” that accused the former governor of marginalizing the community in the allocation of government projects and appointments, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ethiope West Chapter, has said they should not involve the former Gov. James Ibori
In a statement signed by the Chairman, Hon. Moses Onome Ojo, apologised to the former Gov. Ibori over the media publications which, he described as “an undeserved affront to his revered personality”.
The Oguedion had earlier written a strongly worded open letter to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, alleging that Oghareki community- one of the two sub-clans in Oghara kingdom- had been marginalized and treated as a slave in the areas of elective/appointive positions and distribution of government projects since 1998. This letter was jointly signed by the Chairman/spokesman of the Council (Unugbrogodo), Chief Destiny Okwe and 13 others, the agitators specifically accused Ibori of shortchanging the community, treating its indigenes as second class citizens and conniving with former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to cede a substantial part of their land to the Itsekiris. The only reprieve, they stated was to seek an autonomous kingdom and crown a monarch of their own.
Reacting to the allegations after an emergency meeting on Sunday, the party described the media publications as “unprovoked and ill motivated”, declaring that “the PDP in Ethiope West hereby denounces the publication and totally dissociates itself from the claims contained therein”.
The statement read in part “Every community has an inalienable right to self determination; that is a fundamental human right we do not wish to contend, but we strongly believe that politics and tradition are two separate entities that must not be unequally yoked.
“The allocation of elective and appointive positions is purely a political party affairs with no communal or traditional colouration and we expect that if for any reason a community feels marginalized, then it behoves the political class to draw attention to such perceived neglect instead of maligning our national political leader, Chief James Ibori.
“Dragging Chief Ibori into traditional issues is rather self-serving and smacks of how low some people can go to smear the hard earned reputation of others for whatever reason. Chief Ibori is one of the greatest political assets God gave to us in Ethiope West and we cannot stand akimbo while his character is being assassinated.
“As we continue to assess the situation to determine the best way forward, we wish to passionately apologize to Chief Ibori as a party for this unwarranted public damage and also appeal to all party faithful to be patient with d government as there are lot of positions still available”.