AGBOR (Ika weekly) – The problem of Ika South has been identified as leadership-induced, which manifest itself through factionalization of the political environment as a result of which everybody claims to be a leader and having dominance over others.
The declaration was made by Hon. Sunny Emuebie, proprietor of Emuebie Knowledge Field Academy, Ekuku-Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area, in a chat with Ika Weekly on Wednesday at Agbor. He stated that disagreement over issues and interests is part of party politics but admitted that the situation in the Local Government Area is turning into something else, which is having a serious negative impact on the socio-economic development of the people. He wondered why the political leaders in Ika South have refused to embrace reason and accept the need to work as one formidable team to enable the people benefit from the dividends of democracy, which other Local Governments Area are enjoying.
Hon. Emuebie recalled the days of SDP and NRC when the likes of Chief H.C Iweriebor and Chief Okungbowa on one hand and late Chief Jacob Odeh and Colonel Godwin Ebomah (Rtd) on the other hand were split into different factions before elections but came together after elections to work for the interest of the people.
He therefore advised the political leaders to have the courage to tell their followers the truth and bring to an end, the seeming intractable political division in the area. He also recommended that politicians should learn to respect each otherâ€™s views, instead of indulging in morbid criticism of themselves, urging them to stop listening to gossip, and to look for ways to revamp the dwindling fortune of Ika South.
Hon. Emuebie emphasized the need for unity, as he said that, that is the only way to move the people forward. He therefore advised those occupying public offices to see their positions as that of Ika South.
Hon. Emuebie, who was a one-time councillor, representing ward 5, and supervisor for health and later for finance in Ika South Local Government Area during the Social Democratic Party (SDP) era praised the administration of Alhaji Musa Yarâ€™Adua for its respect for the rule of law, and the vision it has for the country.
He equally commended the Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan for his bold initiatives and the appointment of members of the State Executive Council.