Isoko: In search of the ideal man for Green Chambers
With the 2023 general election approaching, the political field is once again experiencing the kind of heated activity it witnesses every four years. For the Isoko people of Delta State in south-south Nigeria, the decision they make on who will represent them in the House of Representatives, otherwise known as the Green Houses, will go a long way in determining the future of the minority ethnic nationality.
There are many rumors of aspirants seeking the only People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ticket, but the one whose name resonates widely among the electorate and the political class as well as potential delegates to the party’s primaries, is not other than Hon. Itiako Constantin Malik Ikpokpo.
Popularly known as Malik, the two-term Isoko South Local Government Council Chairman and a leader of the PDP in the Delta, recently made public his intention to run for the post currently held by Mr. Leo Ogor, after wide consultation among party loyalists and Isoko leaders.
Titled, “I offer myself to serve,” Ikpokpo’s declaration speech outlined his plans for the people of Isoko Federal Constituency. “Aware of our mono-representation status in the Federal House of Representatives, our people have, since 1999, elected men of character, ability and positive disposition to represent the Isoko Federal Constituency in the Green Houses,” said he declared. He added that “in fairness, our representatives have distinctly projected Isoko’s cause and, most remarkably, etched Isoko’s name in the annals of the Lower House.”
The former LG boss, however, said there was a need for the Isoko Nation to build on its past successes in representation. “As we prepare to elect a representative from Isoko Federal Constituency in the 2023 general election, the need to not just keep the momentum going, but to critically raise the bar, advance and strengthen the development model of the nation of Isoko as a people of a single and common destiny, is first and supreme. “Driven by my conviction, my strength of commitment and after due consultation with my family, prominent leaders from all walks of life, stakeholders, elders and members of our great party, the PDP, I wish to declare my intention to stand for the House seat. representatives, as a member representing Isoko Federal Constituency under the PDP platform. For Malik, his current project is a call to serve.
“I offer myself to serve and if elected, I will firmly and unreservedly deploy my decades of multidimensional experience in the public and private sectors to vigorously contribute to the national discourse, sponsor and support credible legislation for good governance, security, peace, unity and development of our dear country, Nigeria,” he said.
He would, among other things, “initiate and support with commitment legislation, bills, motions, policies and programs that will project and advance the aspirations, aspirations and development needs of the Isoko Nation; interface, lobby and critically engage Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), relevant authorities and institutions with a view to bringing the attention and presence of government to the Isoko Nation; leverage the instrumentality of my office, my decades of friendship and interaction across tribes and borders to pursue employment and business opportunities for our people.
I will strive tenaciously to create access for our people. He also pledged to promote and preserve the unity and oneness of the Isoko Nation through constant interaction and engagement with the various bodies and leadership groups in our communities. Ikpokpo believes that collectively, the Isoko Nation will build and promote peace, development, unity and progress for the people.
Isoko’s progress, according to him, “will be our driving force”. He added: “I ask for your support, your prayers and your votes. Let’s collectively build and advance the cause of Isoko’s development. Enyaharo Isoko! What chances does he have with the party delegates? “We did our consultation, we talked to the people, it’s an ongoing process ahead of the primaries, so we’re confident about the outcome of the exercise. As humans, we can only do whatever is humanly possible, God has the final say in all endeavors that we humans undertake,” Ikpokpo said One thing is however clear, Isoko Federal Constituency is made up of many quality aspirants and Ikpokpo is among the leading candidates.