…Secures endorsement of Odibo, Orugbo, Okpako, others
Vice Chairman of Udu Local Government Council and frontline contender for the position of Executive Chairman of the Council in the coming LG polls, Hon Justice Iyasere has declared his intention to run for the exalted office in the 2021 LG elections with top political leaders and opinion leaders in the area drumming support for the ambition of the foremost Journalist and writer.
Declaring his intention before an enthusiastic crowd of supporters and community leaders at the Egini Community Town hall, Hon Justice Iyasere disclosed that he was in the race to make the difference by creating positive impact and making incontrovertible legacy within the next three years.
He promised to ensure four legacy projects were completed within the first year in office so that the Governor, His Excellency, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa could come to Udu to commission and inaugurate those evidence of incredible performance with or without allocations from Abuja.
According to Justice Iyasere, ‘’Good and visionary leaders distinguished themselves in office at tough and difficult times of financial draught. There is a proverb in Urhobo which says that a good workman and expert in craftsmanship is identified by making the most out of a crooked and twisted material. ‘’Urhe r’ogule, evwo vugho owena’’. I will eliminate the chaotic traffic situations at Ubogo and Jigbale markets within my first one week in office. I will constitute the Udu Traffic Committee, Udu Environmental task force and Udu Revenue Marshall to help drive the various aspects and focus of my administration as soon as I am inaugurated as Chairman of Udu LGC. I will ensure legacy projects that will outlive me in office are executed to the delight, progress and prosperity of Udu LGC’’, Iyasere declared to the delight of the mammoth crowd in the townhall.
He gave the example of the Udu PDP LGA Chairman, Rt Hon David Siloko, who, in a matter of few months into his leadership of the party, has initiated moves towards building a party secretariat for Udu.
‘’As we speak, Hon David Siloko has secured a parcel of land duly paid for and very shortly, the project would be executed and completed before his four year tenure ends. That is evidence of visionary leadership. That is what I will do as Council Chairman’’, Iyasere declared, paying glowing tributes to Siloko for his vision and determination to leave a legacy as party Chairman.
The elders, Women-folks, Youths and Community executive led by President General, Deacon Akeem Ughegheruvwe, in separate comments, expressed delight with the declaration, profusely endorsing Justice Iyasere for the office and urging all sons and daughters of Egini, both home and abroad irrespective of party affiliations to take the project as their own so as to achieve the desired victory. The TownHall meeting was attended by Chief Gordon Okpako, former Member of the Delta State House of Assembly who praised and totally endorsed the candidature of Justice Iyasere as the next Chairman of the Council.
*…and Elegbete concors..*
The community also immediately sent a delegation to the foremost political leader in Udu ward 8, Elegbete Barr Moses Odibo at his Ekpan residence which coincided with his birthday to present the corporate decision of the community to Odibo.
Making the presentation before Elegbete Moses Odibo, Evang. Midwest Wetah intimated him of the corporate decision of the entire Egini community to ensure Egini produce the next Chairman of the Council in recognition of the numerous contributions of Egini especially, the Late Chief W.T. Odibo to the Udu project and towards the creation of the Government Council in December 1996.
In his response, Elegbete Barr Moses Odibo expressed delight with the position of Egini Community, stressing that he has no choice but to stand with the position of the entire Community as he cannot stand against the general wish of his people. Elegbete Odibo therefore endorsed Hon Justice Iyasere for Chairman in the coming polls, dismissing every wrong notion being peddled of support for any other aspirant outside the general wish of his Udu and Egini people. He promised to do everything within his powers to ensure the dream of Egini Community to produce the next Council Chairman comes to fruition.
Also to endorse Hon Justice Iyasere was Chief Andrew Orugbo, former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Delta State, who described Hon Justice Iyasere as his political son.
Chief Orugbo disclosed that he introduced Hon Iyasere into politics and that there is nothing anybody could do to dissuade him from supporting him, declaring that, ‘’I am proud to announce to you that this project is my project. I will do everything within my power to ensure you succeed this time around. You were endorsed in 2017 but the deal could not be closed, this time around, be rest assured that by the grace of God Almighty, you are the next Chairman of Udu Local Government Council’’, the Chairman, Governing Council of the Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe-Oghara declared.
Another former member of the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Liege Lord Keston Okoro has also drummed support for the ambition of Justice Iyasere in the coming election, describing Iyasere as a huge asset to him. He emphasized that Iyasere had made tremendous sacrifices and support for his career as foremost Urhobo youth leader and that he was not going to fight against Iyasere for anybody in any election.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the PDP Elders and Leaders Council for Udu LGA, Chief Eddie Ono-Sorhue, whose son, Efeturi Ono-Sorhue is also in the race for Chairman, has expressed delight with the declaration of Hon Iyasere, assuring that at the appropriate time, Udu leaders will take a position on the matter so that a common front could be presented to the State Leadership of the party on the question of the next Chairman of the Council.
It could be recalled that in the build up to the January 6, 2018 LG polls, Hon Justice Iyasere was endorsed by the PDP leadership in Udu and a letter was signed by the Party leadership to that effect but a comprise was later reached which allowed the incumbent become Chairman while Iyasere settled for Vice Chairman. The next election promises to be exciting as Justice Iyasere has declared again with gale of endorsement trailing his declaration because of his proven competence, leadership ability and loyalty to constituted authority in the area.