As the Deputy Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, the late Senator Pius Ewherido, a highly respected Urhobo, was in PDP like then Governor James Ibori.
The towering ‘Gogorogo’ Ewherido understood the place of loyalty to his party, his Governor and, most importantly, the people and his conscience, and he observed it conscientiously as it should be.
However, as expected of a bonafide Urhobo leader and a fine legal mind, the Distinguished Senator Ewherido was not a stooge. Not servile. He didn’t turn the Delta State House of Assembly to a den of certified misfits.
Ewherido’s House was not for characters who attended night schools after opportunistic retirement as agberos. It was not a place for persons who could not make five consecutive correct sentences. Ewherido’s House was not for intellectual Lilliputians who could hastily pass Bills against their people’s interests or approve fraudulent transactions by a reckless and hate-filled Executive.
Senator Ewherido was conscious of the verdict of history, so he played his part with utmost diligence and conviction. For this, the Urhobo Nation elevated him to the Senate because we reward true men and women.
The Distinguished Senator Ewherido has left us, but we are at a time when the legislative standards he set in that House now draw us to his living memory. A great son of the Urhobo Nation. A fearless Deltan. Dutiful, deft and thorough in his legislative duties.
May your undeniable legacy live on, Gogorogo. May your good works for once remind all pretenders in the people’s House of their tasteless place in our history.