From Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin
Former Air Vice-Marshall, Anthony Okpere, yesterday, said the 2024 Edo State governoship slot should be zoned to Edo Central in the spirit of fairness, justice and equity if the state must be seen as one.
He made the appeal during a meeting of Esan Descendants Assembly (EDA), held in Benin City.
“If Edo has to be one, there must be justice and equity. When I started a movement for the creation of Afemesan State, I was accused of attempting to secede and divide the Edo nation.
“I believe that Esan has to produce the next governor in 2024 but we must have a broad strategy which will remain the same but the tactics could change from time to time. We should lobby from behind the scenes,” he said.
Okpere said that his dream is the realization of an Edo governor of Esan extraction by the time he turns 82 in 2024, lamenting that since 1999, Edo South would have ruled for 16 years by 2024 while Edo North had it for eight years and occupied the deputy governorship position for 16 years.
While advocating for unity, the ex-aviation minister advised Esan politicians to learn to bury their personal interests so that the dream of having an Esan man, come 2024 will be achieved.
The ex-Air Vice Marshall urged the Esan people to start building bridges to other senatorial districts so as to realize their dream, lamenting that Senator Oserhemien Osunbor’s stint between 2007 and 2008 before his removal by a court of law in favour of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was very brief.