Delta Senatorial race: battle of gladiators

By Tureme Orue, Warri

On November 24, 2018, Senator Ovie Omo - Agege presented his end of term and score card to the Urhobo nation. The huge crowd of party faithful, supporters and admirers that gathered at the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) Conference centre to witness the presentation, was a sign of what to expect in next year's election. The incumbent; Senator Omo Agege is been challenged by Hon Evelyn Oboro, member representing Sapele, Okpe and Uvwie in the House of Representatives on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Urhobo Central senatorial seat at the National Assembly. Hon Oboro, was an underdog in the primaries against Chief Ighoyoto Amori, a political iroko in Delta State. But she successfully defeated Chief Amori and there are speculations that she may also pull a surprise defeat of Senator Omo-Agege with the support of the Delta PDP machine. Both candidates were members of the PDP and have held various positions in the previous Delta State administration. Senator Ovie Omo-Agege is a lawyer from Orogun in Ughelli North local Government Council area of Delta State. He was born on August 3, 1963 in Delta State and attended St. George Grammar school, Obinomba Obiaruku, Delta State. He graduated in 1985 from the University of Benin with a degree in Law, and was called to the Nigerian bar in 1986. In 2002, he obtained his masters degree in law from Tulane University Law School. Omo-Agege was deployed to Kwara State for his National Youth Service. He completed his NYSC with the Directorate of Criminal investigation and intelligence, Nigeria Police Force, Kwara State Command. He started his career in law by working with PAT OKUPA & Co in Lagos in 1987. In 1989, Omo-Agege moved to Lagos and co-founded a law firm; Agege & Co. and in 1990 he moved to the USA where he worked as a foreign associate at Charles O Agege's law office in Los Angeles, California. He returned to Nigeria in 1992 to establish Omo-Agege & Associates where he was also Senior Partner. In 1996, he merged his firm; Omo-Agege & associates in a partnership resulting in the name Agege & Esin. Senator Omo-Agege started out in politics by contesting for the ticket to be a representative at the Delta State House of Representatives on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, but lost in the party primaries. In 2003, former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, appointed Omo-Agege as an executive assistant, a position he held for two years. He was later appointed as a commissioner for special duties by the governor. Omo-Agege ran for the office of the Governor of Delta State but lost at the People Democratic Party's primaries to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan. He was later appointed as the Secretary to State government (SSG) by Governor Emmanuel Uduagan in 2007. He ran for senate in 2015 on the platform of the Labour Party (Nigeria) and was elected as senator representing Delta central senatorial district on March 28, 2015. Omo-Agege defected from the Labour Party to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on March 7, 2017. On the other hand, Representative Evelyn Omavowan Oboro who was born in 1972 was a councillor and later Chairman, Uvwie Local government council. A two time member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Okpe, Sapele and Uvwie constituency of Delta State . She attended Alegbo Secondary School, Effurun in 1988 before she applied to study education in Delta State University where she obtained a Bachlor's degree in 1997. She hold a Master of Public Administration in 2002 and a degree in Law in 2009 from Delta State University. In Delta South, the gladiators battling to represent their senatorial district are governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and the incumbent, Senator James Manager, who has represented the district in the last 12 years. Both of them were members of the PDP before Dr. Uduaghan defected to the APC after observing that it will be difficult to get the ticket under the PDP. The battle here will be a strictly "tribal war". The Ijaws are determined to return Senator Manager, accusing the Itsekiris of marginalizing them in the Warri area. On the other hand the Itsekiris and Isokos are accusing the Ijaws of monopolistic occupation of that position in the last 12 years. Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan was born on 22 October, 1954 in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, he is of Itsekiri origin and was the third Governor of Delta State from 2007 to 2015. He assumed office via an inconclusive election on May 29, 2007 on the platform of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). A medical doctor by profession, prior to becoming governor he was the Commissioner for Health, Delta State and the Secretary to the State Government. Uduaghan ran again for governor in the 26 April 2011 elections, and was reelected. He attended Federal Government College, Warri (1968–1974), and the University of Benin (1975–1980) earning a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) degree, and a Diploma in Anaesthesia. He is married, and blessed with two children. His wife, Roli, is the daughter of Brig. General Sunny E. Tuoyo (Rtd), a one time, Military Administrator of Ondo State. Emmanuel Uduaghan began work in 1983 at the Delta Steel Company, as a medical officer. From 1989 to 1994, he worked in a number of hospitals including Westend Hospital, Warri; Benoni Hospitals, Benin City and Shell Hospital, Ogunu, where he was a Consultant Anaesthesiologist. In 1994 he set up a private medical practice. He held various positions in the Nigerian Medical Association in Warri, Bendel State and Delta State. He was a founding member and Chairman of the All Nigeria Congress Association for the Warri South Local Government Area, a founder and executive member of the Grassroots Democratic Movement (GDM), and a foundation member of the PDP. On the 6 August, 1999, former Governor of Delta State James Onanefe Ibori appointed Emmanuel Uduaghan as Commissioner for Health. In this position he improved the pay of medical staff and upgraded infrastructure. On 6 June, 2003, Uduaghan was appointed Secretary to the Delta State Government. Senator James Manager: he is the current senator representing the People's Democratic Party in the Delta South Senatorial District. He became a Senator in 2003. He attended Epiekiri Primary School Ogbeinama in 1974. He had his secondary school education at FSLC School of Basic Studies, Port Harcourt in 1983. James Manager has a B.Sc in Law from Ahmadu Bello University in 1986, and graduated from the Nigerian Law School in 1987. He got M.Sc in Law from the University of Lagos in 1989. In Delta north senatorial district, we have two men considered generally as the strong men of Delta north politics; Sen. Peter Nwaoboshi, and Prince Ned Nwoko. Barrister Peter Nwaoboshi, the current senator needs no introduction. Born in 1958, he is known by different sobriquets; oracle, miracle and many more. He is as bold and as controversial as they come and never scared to take a position on any issue. He read law at the Delta State University in 1986. He proceeded to the Nigerian Law School and was called to bar in 1990. He was a Commissioner in Delta state, a political adviser and PDP State Chairman. One of those to contest against Senator Nwaoboshi as an independent candidate is Prince Chinedu (Ned) Munir Nwoko a Nigerian lawyer, politician and businessman. He was a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives between 1999 and 2003. Nwoko is a Muslim. He represented Aniocha North-South and Oshimili North-South. He was born on December 21, 1960 into the Royal Palace at Idumuje-Ugboko, in Aniocha North LGA, Delta State. His heritage and environment allowed him to excel in academic and professional endeavours. He is married and blessed with children. Nwoko got his first degree in Law and History from the University of Keele in Staffordshire, United Kingdom, followed by King's College London where he graduated with a Masters in Law. He got his honorary doctorate from the Commonwealth University College in Belize. Nwoko set up and maintained one of the leading law firms in the UK, where he practiced as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He is a Senior Consultant with Ned Nwoko Solicitors, a London-based law firm engaged in management and verification of foreign debts of third world countries, including their component states. He also served on the Vision 2010 Committee and a member of the capital market. He served as Chairman of the External Committee of Vision 2010.
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