Wednesday, 18 January 2017



This story was sent in by Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe Esq. from Delta State.

Senator Ovie Omo Agege representing Delta Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly and Hon Evans Ivwurie representing Ethiope East Constituency at DTHA, are both chieftains of the Labour Party (LP) in Delta State.

Officially, Senator Omo Agege parades himself as the LP Senator but his close romance with leaders and chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the National Assembly and in Delta State suggests that he may have technically defected to the ruling party while Hon Evans Ivwurie is still in good standing with LP as a core leader. He occasionally host the party meetings and activities. It is not clear at the moment if he will be defecting to another party before the 2019 general elections. In politics, anything can happen.

The heart of the matter is that the duo are at loggerheads over who prompted President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC national government to embark on the massive reconstruction and dualization of the Agbor-Abraka-Eku-Sapele Road. Before now, Hon Evans Ivwurie made frantic efforts, urging and indeed pressurized the federal government to urgently reconstruct and dualize the road which for many years was abandoned by successive administration to a pitiable level where the road became a DEATH TRAP for road users.

The evidence of Hon Evans Ivwurie's efforts are clear and visible through series of correspondence made out to the Presidency, the Minister of Works and Housing as well as raising the motion for the reconstruction of the road on the floor of the House of Assembly in Delta State. He took gigantic steps to also visit prominent top government officials in Abuja to press for the inclusion of the project in the federal budget.

On the other hand, Senator Ovie Omo Agege claimed that he single handedly influenced the approval of the road project and was accommodated by Mr President and the Hon Minister of Works in the budget before Hon Evans commenced his consistent appeal for the reconstruction and dualization of the Agbor-Abraka-Eku-Sapele Road currently under construction.

In the light of the above, it can be seen that there exist the biblical "Rock of Moses in the Wilderness" between the Labour Party leaders.

Obviously, Hon Evans Ivwurie did well by putting pressure on the federal government, a development which may have prompted Senator Ovie Omo Agege to secretly make some efforts towards the reconstruction and dualization of the road under reference.

It is the law and principles of Law of Evidence that he who alleges must assert and in doing so you must substantiate your claims with verifiable evidence. In line with this reasoning, Hon Evans Ivwurie went ahead to make public his efforts which are also uploaded in his website: and it is also suggested that our distinguished Senator Ovie Omo Agege should inform the public through substantial and veritable evidence so as to perfect his claim that he indeed politically influenced the federal government approval for the reconstruction and dualization of the Agbor-Abraka-Eku-Sapele Road under construction.

The need for the verification of facts is essential for the fact that both Labour Party lawmakers hails from Delta Central Senatorial District. Hon Ivwurie is from Abraka in Ethiope East LGA while Senator Ovie Omo Agege is from Orogun in Ughelli, Delta State. Both are men of substance, widely travelled, financially buoyant and dogged politicians.

Evans Ivwurie is a product of the world best ivory tower, Havard University where he studied Democratic Governance and Leadership. His track records as a politician and legislator is commendable and heart warming. He is superbly connected to his constituents across board. Of a truth, Hon Ivwurie is a future world leader with performance promise.

Similarly, Senator Ovie Omo Agege proud himself as a legal icon like his late father, Justice James Omo Agege. He had a stint of legal practice in the United States for some years and had to relocate back to Nigeria under alleged unscrupulous circumstances which stripped him of nearly all privileges to practice law as an advocate in United States Law Courts but may engage in solicitor work.

He appeared in the political scene upon return to Nigeria via the influence of his late father who handed him over to Senator Ighoyota Amori for political mentorship. He was promptly initiated into the Ibori Political Dynasty where he rose through the ranks to become the Secretary to Delta State Government under Chief James Ibori's administration. He is still a strong member of the Ibori political Hall of Fame.

Some political analysts argued that Senator Ovie Omo Agege is unnecessarily proud, unreasonably pompous and occasionally radical with utmost disdain. They also claim that Omo Agege may not return to the Senate in 2019 for the fact that he is neither here nor there in Labour Party and not very stable in Delta APC. 2019 shall prove his political detractors right or wrong.

Senator Ovie Omo Agege must of a necessity prove his candid efforts in the ongoing reconstruction and dualization of the Agbor-Abraka-Eku-Sapele Road so as to set the records straight. Hon Evans Ivwurie already articulated sufficient proof of his transparent and highly commendable efforts in attracting the federal government attention and the subsequent inclusion of the project in the federal budget.

No one should score undue political point in this matter which is why Senator Ovie Omo Agege must take a step further to convince the rest of us that he actually did the needful to get the project into the federal budget.

Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


Disclaimer: Comment expressed do not reflect the opinion of Isaac Yoma