Delta State: Top 5 Biggest Fights of 2017
It was the clash of the titans: political heavyweights going for the jugular; brothers against brothers; monarch against subjects; friends and foes. From Ibusa to Idumuje Ugboko; and Lauretta Onochie versus Dele Momodu. One fight was physical and bloody, some fights were verbal and scathing, and other fights were played out on social media space but not less damaging. The punches thrown were as heavy as they were vicious, and carefully aimed at causing maximum injury to the body, character and reputation. Read on to see our Five (5) Biggest Fights of 2017 in Delta State.
1. Emmanuel Uduaghan vs Pat Utomi:
Prof. Pat Utomi and Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan went on verbal offensive in July 2017 over the financial state of Delta. It was Utomi, the Delta State 2019 All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant, that fired the first salvo when he alleged that as governor, Uduaghan left a “legacy of mismanagement and gross wastage.” The immediate past governor of the state, during a stakeholders’ meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Asaba, dismissed Utomi as a man with “bogus ideas” but lacks the ability to practically execute those ideologies. “You people should ask Prof, where is the Silicon Valley? He took us to his home town, Ibusa for the foundation laying ceremony of Silicon Valley, till date, there is nothing to show that the project has commenced.” He then cheekily told Utomi to start his political aspiration from the councillorship level. Dr. Utomi in his response urged the former governor to “account for the Independent Power Plant, IPP project abandoned in Oghara which has gulped over N20 billion.” In Sept 2017, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, brought the feuding Deltans together for a reconciliation handshake.
2. Ned Nwoko vs Nwoko Family:
In May 2017, Idumuje-Ugboko in Aniocha North Local Council of Delta State went to War! One person dead, 10 people seriously injured and property worth millions of Naira destroyed. It was the family feud between Obi Justin Chukwunonso Nwoko and his blood brother Ned Nwoko that escalated into a bloody war. In August 2015, the former member of House of Representatives and Delta North Senatorial aspirant had taken Obi Justin to court for revoking his ownership of some parcel of land, purportedly allocated to him (Ned Nwoko) by late Obi of Idumje-Ugboko, His Royal Majesty Obi Albert Nwoko III, to build a new university. Ned continues to pursue the matter in court even after the death of late Obi Albert and accession of Obi Justin in January 2017. The expectation was that since Prince Justin has been crowned the Obi, Ned should have dropped the court case against him and seek amicable resolution. Obi Justin decided to use his powers to ostracise and banish Ned. It is this attempt to ostracise Ned by the Obi and being resisted by Ned that caused the bloodbath and loss of lives.
3. Dein of Agbor vs Festus Okoh (Chuky Dandy):
It is a fight that shook the Agbor monarch to its very foundation to the extent that the Obi had to abscond to the States. Dein of Agbor, His Royal Majesty Dr Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekwuzi 1 claimed his life was in danger and that there was not enough security in his palace to guarantee his safety. While on self-imposed exile, his subjects rose in protest against his continued stay in the United States of America at a very critical time that Agbor needs a rallying point, giving him 14 days ultimatum to return or they will declare his throne vacant. Dein of Agbor took his case to the Delta State Directorate of State Security (DSS), reporting Festus Okoh, popularly called Chuky Dandy, as the instigator of the protest and claiming that Chuky Dandy was after his life and in the event that he was either kidnapped or murdered he should be held responsible. The Former Delta Minority Leader was Quizzed by Directorate of State Security. The obi is yet to return to Nigeria. In fact, XCLUSIVE MAGAZINE gathered that he has already shipped his Rolls Royce to the UK, leading to the speculation that he might never return.
4. Fred Ajudua vs Peter Nwaoboshi:
It is a 2019 fight brought back early to 2017. Chief Fred Ajudua is the self-styled architect of modern Ibusa. Senator Peter Nwaoboshi is arguably the most successful Ibusa politician. But these two illustrious sons of Ibusa in Oshimili North Local government Area do not see eye-to-eye, politically and socially. Surprisingly in 2015, Nwaoboshi and Pat Ajudua, hitherto strange political bed-fellows, were surprisingly in a formidable political accord, using the tool of Tripod Agenda 2015 to beat all oppositions within and without PDP to submission. But 2015 is long gone, and 2019 Delta State House of Assembly elections beckoned. Nwaoboshi and the Ajuduas have once again returned to the trenches to continue their age-long political battle. Senator Peter Nwaoboshi is shopping for a replacement for Mrs Pat Ajudua. Chief Fred Ajudua said it was over his dead body he would allow that to happen. And in the strong-worded and venomous leaked letter to Gov. Okowa, Onwa, as Fred is popularly called, warned Okowa to stay neutral in his fight with Nwaoboshi and threatened bloodbath if Princess, his wife, is not allowed to run for her last tenure in the House of Assembly come 2019.
5. Lauretta Onochie vs Dele Momodu:
The war was fought on twitter and it was a vicious one. The fight started On Saturday, 25 February 2017 when Ms Lauretta Onochie, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant on social media, lashed out at the Ovation Magazine CEO over an article titled ‘Before President Buhari Returns Home,’ criticising him for praising the achievements of acting president Yemi Osinbajo in the last one month that Buhari was away. Dele Momodu felt Onochie’s words were highly insulting and was quick to reply to the President Aide. He was equally scathing in his reply. He called her a “rude person”, and an “ignoramus,” “on a slave errand” to take on a wrong customer. “I know you want to do what you’re paid to do but if sent on a slave errand you should behave like a freeborn and know how to join issues!”, Momodu tweeted.
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