By Festus Ahon
ASABA—CHAIRMEN of Registered Political Parties in Delta State have adopted the former Chairman of the state Board of Internal Revenue, Mr. Joel Onowakpo-Thomas, as their sole candidate for the Isoko Federal constituency seat in 2019 general election.
They lamented the under-development of Isoko Federal constituency and poor representation in government at the federal level, adding that the current House of Representatives member for Isoko Federal constituency has been in the House since 2003 on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and still wanting to run for another term in 2019.
Briefing newsmen after their meeting in Asaba, the Coalition Chairmen, led by Chief Efe Tobor, lamented that despite the huge contribution of Isoko constituency to the wealth of the nation through oil and gas exploration, the area has nothing to show in terms of industries and basic infrastructures.
Dr. Clarke Mejebi of the Grassroots Party of Nigeria, GPN, who read the resolution of the group, said the area had not produced a federal minister, ambassador or any other position of note since the return of democracy in 1999.
Reiterating the resolve of the Coalition to support Onowakpo-Thomas to realise his aspiration to represent Isoko Federal constituency in 2019 election, irrespective of the political party he intends to use for the election, he listed the reasons why they adopted Mr. Joel Onowakpo-Thomas to include; “has never been indicted for corruption in spite of so many sensitive positions he has held and still holding till today.”