Okowa To Inaugurate Sixth Assembly Today

Lawmakers To Elect New Speaker, Other Principal Officers
Four Former Speakers, 10 Others Out
BY LUCKY OYIBO
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HE Sixth Assembly of Delta State House of Assembly is set for proclamation today by the state Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa in the Main Chamber, Assembly Complex, Asaba.
Shortly after the inauguration, the 29 elected members of the House will begin sitting to elect the speaker, deputy speaker and other principal officers for the Sixth Assembly.
The question on many lips is; who is likely to emerge the Speaker of the Sixth Assembly of the 18-year old state legislature.
Power-sharing and political configuration of the state has positioned the elected legislators from Delta Central Senatorial District under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to contest for the exalted number three position in the state. Definitely, one of them has a date with history today in the hallowed chamber of the House today.
Of a truth, the two oldest members from the district standing under the umbrella of the PDP are Hon. Monday Igbuya (Sapele), coming as a third-timer and Hon. (Barr.) Samuel Mariere (Ughelli North 1) a second-timer.
Is the main chamber of the Delta Assembly likely to experience a repeat of what played out in the Green Chamber of the National Assembly in 2011 where Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal was elected as Speaker of the 7tth National Assembly of the House of Representatives against all odds? Only time will tell as a new leadership emerges today.
At the last minute, political pundits opined that the elections into the principal positions of the House may be devoid of stiff competition and would be conducted in a family way being a PDP dominated House.
Sources have it that the 29 elected members had at a caucus meeting during their training for newly elected members at Abuja, agreed to settle for a matured mind for the Speakership position to run the affairs of the state legislature.
For now, the composition of the Sixth Assembly which is made of PDP-22, LP-two, SDP-two and ACP-two members would miss the legislative contributions of 14 of its members in the Fifth Assembly who did not vie for a return to the House.
These include four former Speakers of the state legislature including Basil Ganagana (Patani), Martin Okonta (Ika South), Sam Obi (Ika North East) and Victor Ochei (Aniocha North).
Others are Julius Okpoko (Okpe), Omawumi Udoh (Warri South 1), John Nani (Ethiope West), Irene Imilar (Warri North), Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor (Aniocha South), Taleb Tebite (Ughelli South), Keston Okoro (Udu), Bejamin Essien Okiemute (Isoko South 11), Joseph Oshevire (Ethiope East)and Jenkins Gwede (Ughelli North 11).
While the former member representing Aniocha South Constituency, Hon. Onyemaechi Mrakpor remains the only legislator in the Fifth Assembly elevated to the National Assembly to represent the people of Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency in the Green Chamber, the immediate past Speaker of the Fifth Assembly, Rt. Hon. Peter Onwusanya remains the only former Speaker that made it to the Sixth Assembly.
Also, the member representing Isoko South 11 Constituency, Hon (Prince) Johnson Erijo, his counterpart in Warri South 11 Constituency, Hon. (Barr) Dennis Omovie as well as the member representing Warri South West Constituency, Hon (Barr) Daniel Mayuku stand out as the oldest members to serve the fourth consecutive term in the incoming Sixth Assembly.
As the Fifth Assembly ended its four-year session last week Thursday, June 4, 2015 with a valedictory session at the main chamber of the Assembly Complex at the plenary presided over by the immediate past Speaker, Rt. Hon. Peter Onwusanya, members took turns to share their experiences within the four years of their legislation, representation and oversight functions to their respective constituencies and Delta State in general.
The Sixth Assembly is made up of 15 re-elected members of second, third and fourth terms and 14 newly elected members who will take oath of allegiance before the Clerk of the House in today’s historic ceremony. The elected members expected to be inaugurated include: Rt. Hon. Peter Onwusanya (Oshimili South PDP); Hon. Timi Tonye (Patani PDP); Hon. Monday Igbuya (Sapele PDP); Hon. Sherriff Oborevwori (Okpe PDP); Hon (Prince) Johnson Erijo (Isoko South 11 PDP) and Hon. Abigor (Warri South 1 SDP).
Others include Hon Erhiatake Ibori (Ethiope West PDP); Comrade (Hon.) Friday Osanebi (Ndokwa East PDP); Hon. Azuka Azaka (Ndokwa West PDP); Hon. Anthony Elekeokwuri (Ika North East PDP); Hon. Festus Okoh (Ika South AP); Hon. Osi Okocha (Aniocha North AP) and Hon. (Barr.) Daniel Mayuku (Warri South-West PDP).
The list also include Hon. Michael Diden (Warri North PDP); Hon. (Barr.) Dennis Omovie (Warri South 11 PDP); Hon. Tim Kome Owhefere (Isoko North PDP); Hon. Angela Nwaka (Aniocha South PDP); Hon. Reuben Izeze (Ughelli South PDP) and Hon. (Barr.) Princess Patience Ajudua (Oshimili North PDP).
The members include Hon. (Barr.) Samuel Mariere (Ughelli North 1 PDP); Hon. (Dr.) Alphonsus Ojo (Ukwuani PDP); Hon. (Engr.) Oboro Preyor (Bomadi PDP); Hon. Daniel Yingi (Burutu 1 PDP); Hon. Chief Peter Uviejitobor (Udu LP); Hon. (Mrs.) Orezi Esievo (Isoko South 1 PDP); Hon. Efe Godfrey Ofobruku (Uvwie SDP); Hon. (Chief) Evance Ivwurhie (Ethiope East LP); Hon. Kennedy Daubry (Burutu 11 PDP) and Hon. Prince Eric Oharisi (Ughelli North 11 PDP).
Meanwhile, some of the aggrieved outgoing legislators who lost out at the last elections either during the party’s primaries or the general elections, had already filed their suits against their opponents at the Delta State Elections Tribunal and other Pre-Election cases holding in Asaba, while others are optimistic to return to the House through the newly created constituency through court processes in their respective areas. This category, The Pointer learnt, include Omawumi Udoh (Warri South 1), Benjamin Essien Okiemute (Isoko South 1), Julius Okpoko (Okpe), Jenkins Gwede (Ughelli North 11) and Taleb Tebite (Ughelli South).