Okpe political leaders Tuesday recognized the contributions of the Majority Leader of Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Monday Ovwigho Igbuya to the progress of the kingdom, describing him as a distinguished politician and patriot.
Igbuya, who is also the national vice-chairman of Urhobo Political Forum, UPF, was re-elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The leaders who spoke in Sapele stated that Igbuya deserved to be the next Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly because of his sterling performance, experience and integrity
Citing him for honesty, diligence and loyalty, the leaders praised him for upholding the tenets of good governance and championing the cause of Okpe people.
Rising from an emergency meeting Tuesday, the Okpe Patriotic Front (OPF), an umbrella organization of politicians from different political parties in the kingdom said “the only person who can truly lead the assembly in the spirit of one Delta is Igbuya, considering his wealth of experience and performance”.
“The leadership slot must be for the best and simply the best. Delta State House of Assembly under Igbuya’s administration will be one truly based on the rule of law, accountability and transparency” the leaders said.
Calling Igbuya “a determined champion of progressive values, and a constant voice for tolerance, inclusiveness, fairness and dignity, the leaders said in a statement signed by OPF chairman, Mr. Alex Ayomanor “Igbuya will do more in a way that will bring total transformation to our people and the state”
“Igbuya served Sapele people with distinction. He is forthright, honest and meek in attitude. He understands issues of both economic and social political weights. He is also fired by the urge to put his best in everything he does” the statement added.
The Okpe Patriotic Front (OPF) is a group formed by political heavyweights in Okpe kingdom to pursue and project all legitimate interests of the Okpe nation. It is also to preserve, protect and promote cultural heritage of the Okpe nation.
The 29-member-house of the Delta State House of Assembly is expected to be inaugurated by the Governor-elect of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa in the first week of June.
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Delta Central leaders extol Igbuya’s virtues
Delta Central leaders on Sunday peeped into the emerging political scenario in the state, extoling the virtues of Delta State House of Assembly Majority Leader, Chief Monday Ovwigho Igbuya.
They also described him as an asset to the state.
The leaders who gathered in Mosogar, Ethiope West Local Government Area to chart the way forward for the Urhobo nation noted that the lawmaker made invaluable contributions to the growth of democracy and good governance in the state.
A press spokesman for the leaders, Raymond Akpojaro said the leaders resolved to pursue unity among the people of the state.
The leaders who also lauded Igbuya for his integrity, empowerment of the youths in Delta Central and his redefinition of Sapele politics said there were no doubts as to whether Sapele would produce the next Speaker of the state assembly.
“Among the contenders for Delta State Speaker’s position, Igbuya stands out. He has the contemplative demeanour of the kind of a man who can lead the House. He understands the workings of the Assembly and the needs of the state and the people. He is a ranking member of the House and the most appropriate person for this position.” the leaders said.
Continuing, the leaders said “Igbuya knows a lot about government, a lot about politics, and a lot about how to get things done. He is the perfect example for those who go into politics for principle, who serve selflessly, and who are prepared to do what they think is right.”
The meeting, under the aegis of the Delta Central Political and Non-Political Forum (DCPANP) also provided an opportunity for the leaders to review the zone’s past and draw a roadmap for the future. It was attended by prominent citizens of the zone.
Known for taking bold initiatives, Igbuya who is returning to the House for the third time won the Sapele Constituency seat in the April 11 House of Assembly elections.
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Delta leaders move to make Igbuya speaker
The victory of the Delta State House of Assembly Majority Leader, Hon. Monday Ovwigho Igbuya in the April 11 Assembly elections in Sapele has been described as a welcome development by Delta State leaders.
Meeting under the aegis of Delta State Political Leaders Forum (DSPLF) in Ughelli, the leaders on Friday praised Igbuya for serving the state dutifully. They also called on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and lawmakers-elect to make the member representing Sapele Constituency the next speaker of the House.
A statement by the Director of Communications of the DSPLF, Mr. Sylvester Oguma said the leaders based their choice of Igbuya as the next speaker of the state assembly on the core attributes of competence, integrity, courage, initiative and focus. .
The statement said “Igbuya has all it takes to preside over the sessions of the House. He possesses a profound knowledge of precedent, procedure and how Legislature operates. He is a strategist; his word means a lot. He will advance public policy, maintain order and effectively conduct general business of the House”.
Continuing, the statement said “Let us pick a man who would be beholden to no constituency greater than that of the state. Igbuya will bring to the speaker’s office the value of working together and respect. He will always meet with the other leaders in crafting major legislation to deal with pressing issues and problems.”
On the way forward, the statement said “We are working very hard, consulting with the political parties and ethnic groups to actualize the objective of making Igbuya speaker”.
The leaders urged Deltans at home and abroad to support Igbuya
“Call your Representative and demand that he or she supports Igbuya for the position” the statement added.
Igbuya, the friendly majority leader and former chairman of Sapele Local Government Area, would be the favorite to succeed Peter Onwusanye, , given his familiarity with the process and deep knowledge of the House rules.
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Igbuya and the 2015 speaker’s race
By Ebireri Henry
As the session draws to a close, the battle of who emerges as the next Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly has begun.
In pursuant of the principles of equity, justice and fairness, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State is expected to follow the policy of rotation and zoning of elective offices.
Deltans at home and abroad expect the next speaker to come from Delta Central in view of balancing the political equation in the state. The governor elect is from Delta North while the deputy governor elect is from Delta South.
Current Delta State House of Assembly Majority Leader, Hon. Monday Igbuya is likely to slug it out with Mr. Efe Ofobruku, the daughter of former Delta State Governor, James Ibori , Erhiatake Ibori, Mr Sam Mariere, Mr Eric Oharisi and Sheriff Obovworhowrhi.
Who does the cap fit? Who should be the presiding officer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) dominated House of Assembly in June? Predictions are already streaming in about the possible outcome, leading analysts to tip the former chairman of Sapele Local Government Area as the next speaker.
Igbuya contested the Sapele Constituency seat on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeating Chief Felix Anirah, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Chief Lucky Ayomanor, candidate of the Labour Party (LP).
Well equipped for this position, many analysts say Igbuya has the requisite qualification, aptitude and experience to hold the post of Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly.
“I appreciate Igbuya’s civility. He has a clear, exciting idea of where he is going and knows the feelings and difficulties of the people” Dr. Mike Ofuokwue, a political strategist and analyst said,
“Hon Monday Igbuya has demonstrated leadership and integrity. He will use the position to quicken the delivery of “democracy dividends” by ensuring a smooth relationship between the House and other organs of government” Chief Magnus Ogbechi, leader of Anioma Forum, said.
The voicing of support for Hon Igbuya did not start today. In December, top Okpe leaders described the Majority Leader as a blessing to the state.
Chairman of Okpe Political Leaders Forum (OPLF), Mr. Darlington Ebireri in a statement issued in Sapele said the leaders praised Hon. Igbuya for protecting the people’s rights through quality representation, job creation and poverty alleviation.
“You have done us proud. All we can do is to acknowledge and thank you in our modest way by asking you to continue in Delta State House of Assembly” the leaders said after a meeting of stakeholders in Okpe kingdom.
The leaders described his performance in the state assembly as wonderful.
“Igbuya is a good ambassador of Sapele Local Government Area and his performance has spoken volume. He has defended the cause of Sapele at the State Assembly and if given another chance, come 2015, Delta State in general and Sapele Local Government Area in particular will be great” the statement said.
“He will do a lot for the people in terms of legislation that would further unite Delta State and laws that will attract the desired investment into this state, laws that would create employment opportunities and encourage private sector participation in the economy”.
In February, Urhobo leaders under the auspices of the Urhobo Political, Businessmen and Professional Forum berated those blackmailing the Delta State Majority Leader, describing the lawmaker as an embodiment of respect, loyalty, honesty, progress, peace and prosperity in Delta Central.
“In the Delta State House of Assembly, Igbuya distinguished himself as a leader on a variety of issues important to Deltans, particularly Sapele people. He has earned a reputation as an articulate and powerful voice for economic and political development of the people. He is committed to boosting access to more affordable health care, improving educational opportunities for all, strengthening the state’s economy, expanding job opportunities, keeping taxes low and reducing spending” the leaders said.
Spokesperson of the forum, Mr. Darlington Ebireri in a statement issued after an emergency meeting of the leaders in Sapele praised the lawmaker for meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the people.
“A clinical appraisal of Igbuya’s footprints for the past seven years reveals that he has worked so hard to make life meaningful to the good people of Urhobo. He has gained respect around the state and among his peers. He is a brilliant achiever” the leaders said.
Obviously, Deltans want him to lead the House come June 2015
“We need leadership that is going to represent the people of the state because this is their House. I hope to see the Sapele representative elected as speaker of the Delta House. He will represent the interests and the desires of the people. ” Abell Minna, a financial consultant said.
“Picking up the speaker’s seat is a lot. We have a great candidate.” Victor Oki, an industrial relations expert said.
” Igbuya has been doing a great job as majority leader,” Julius Odita, a social commentator said, “and I can’t wait to see him in the speaker’s position. He knows how to lead”
“As an exemplary figure, I think he could do a very good job as speaker,” said Raymond Akpomughe, director of the Center for Strategic Studies, Asaba. “He has a lot of experience in leadership. He has been in leadership for years and has the vision to do the job.
“In Delta State, PDP is the party with the largest tent , and it has a lot of strengths. I think it’s about putting the right person with the right strengths at the right time. Igbuya is a proven leader, having served as chairman of committee and majority leader, a role that is usually a stepping stone for the top job in the chamber ” Okpako Abeke said
Born 17th August, 1956, Igbuya, a graduate of Delta State University, Abraka has an outstanding record in the House ,a good standing in the PDP and good understanding of the House rules.
“The role of speaker is critical. Igbuya has the ability to unite members and move the institution forward. He is certain to be the next speaker” Dr. Donald Okpunor, a political science teacher said.
“As speaker, Igbuya will build consensus” he added.