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Former Deputy Speker of the House of Representatives, Prince Chibudom Nwuche, has urged Niger Delta leaders to focus on addressing the massive infrastructure deficts, mass poverty among the citizenry and consequent insecurity, rather that expend energy fighting and witch hunting one another in order to be reckoned with in the power equation.

Alluding to an open fight between some leaders of the region and the clandestine undermining of other leaders by some who feel favored, he lamented a situation where Niger Delta people denied participation in ministries and parastatals under the watch of some of their leaders just because they are not comfortable with the profile of other leaders.

He maintained that nobody, no matter how powerful can exclude everyone he doesn’t endorse from participation in the political process.

Nwuche had held the Owho and managed several aspects of the Upata tradition for the past five years, after the death of his father, Clifford Cheta Nwuche, Eze Igbu Upata the second.

At the Ceremony, Wike sued for peace in Upata area and advised the youths to shun violence as there can be no development without peace.

Wike, who had earlier constructed and commissioned the Edeoha/Ikata/Ochigba Road, promised more projects for the people. “This road project was awarded by the past administration but was abandoned, because of political reasons, he said. Nwuche commended Wike for the elevation of the stool which his father tirelessly fought for and for honoring his memory. He regretted that past administrations refused to do the needful for political reasons and urged Niger Delta leaders to eschew pettiness and victimizing perceived opponents and playing God.