Delta leaders, DESOPADEC MD, others caution against misrepresentation

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Notable personalities in Delta State, including leaders of ethnic andyouth groupings, political parties, former council chairmen and pastpolitical appointees on Saturday commended the Delta State House ofAssembly Speaker, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya for bringing to the job a rareverve and conviction.

“Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya will never violate the norms of goodgovernance, progressive leadership, integrity and credibility” theleaders said.

At a meeting in Asaba, the leaders condemned those insulting theintelligence of the people through misrepresentation.

“Mister Speaker should not be a subject of undue attack but should besupported and applauded in his quest to bring about economic andsocial development in Delta State” they said.

In a statement issued after the meeting by the Director ofCommunication, Delta Leaders Forum, Chief Michael Tuoyo, the leaderspraised the speaker and his colleagues for subjecting themselves tothe principles of morality and justice in the discharge of theirduties.

“The Delta State House of Assembly is quite on course. It is doingwell and giving the necessary support and enabling environment to thegovernment of Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa” the statement said.

The leaders, who also took a deep look at the relationship between theexecutive and legislature in the state, commended the maturity of thelegislators.

“The Legislature and the executive are partners in progress. There isno uneasiness in the relationship. There is nothing like legislativearrogance, self-misperception and megalomania. Mister Speaker is nothindering the principles of separation of powers. He is charting acourse that is people and service oriented” the leaders said.

On the speaker’s integrity, the leaders said “Politics to Rt. HonIgbuya is not an avenue to make money or wield any undeservinginfluence but a platform where lives can be changed drastically”.

They urged Deltans at home and abroad to reject all anti-democratic agents.

“Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya is an achiever. He remains unshaken in thenoble objective to develop Delta State” the leaders added.

Similarly, the Managing Director of the Delta State Oil ProducingAreas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Mr. Williams Makinde weekendcondemned the peddling of falsehood against the person and office ofthe Speaker, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya by Trend FM, Sahara Reporters andothers.

“The story demonstrates crass ignorance of the writers to the lawestablishing the commission and the robust working relationship withthe Hon. Monday Igbuya led Delta State House of Assembly” he said.

Equally, the commissioner representing Sapele, Okpe and Uvwie on theboard of DESOPADEC, Mr. Jonathan Amitaye urged journalists andpoliticians to depart from the politics of hatred, mudslinging andcharacter assassination for selfish reasons.

He also urged those who will never see anything good in the Speakerin spite of his rare qualities and uncommon zeal in the issues ofdevelopment to channel their energies towards meaningful activities.

By Fidel Njamanze

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