- Some chieftains of the APC in Isoko area of Delta have supported the state governor Ifeanyi Okowa's second term bid
- APC chieftains were led to declare their support for Okowa’s re-election by Joe Arausi and Abikelegba Odhegolo
- The governor, however, thanked members of the opposition political parties for working with his administration
Some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress in Isoko area of Delta have endorsed Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who is the candidate of the rival Peoples Democratic, for 2019 governorship election in the state.
Daily Sun reports that APC chieftains were led to declare their support for Okowa’s re-election by Joe Arausi and Abikelegba Odhegolo.
Arausi in his declaration speech, said “on behalf of Isoko people, we have a pact with the Ika people, the people of Delta north to complete their tenure, because we believe in equity, we believe this is the turn of the Anioma people and in the spirit of equity, you (Governor Okowa) should continue till 2023.
“No governor has equalled your (Governor Okowa) records in the area of project delivery in Delta State, the people who are here and members of the APC and PDP, I am the leader of the APC in Isoko south and the leader of the APC in Isoko north, Odhegolo is here with us.
“The governor is here to consult us, it is the first time that we are seeing a sitting governor consulting members of the opposition political party, it is a mark of humility, the spirit of oneness and we are happy with the projects you have executed in Isoko nation.”
On his part, Odhegolo said Okowa’s signs of performance are everywhere, saying that the people should evaluation with facts rather than political party sentiments.
According to him, “The change we talk about in APC is in you, Governor Okowa. Your performance has made a lot us in APC uncomfortable, I am speaking my mind and that of members of the opposition political parties. We have decided that because of your performance, we will work for your victory.”
Governor Okowa thanked members of the opposition political parties for working with his administration to record successes, observing that “the governorship position is not for learners.
He said: ''I held several positions before contesting for the governorship position because I believe that I am qualified, those who want to contest with me and have not held any other position should contest for other positions.
“I believe the best way to govern is to continue to ask for the partnership of the people because, with the support of all, governance is made easier, there will be peace, and development will take place.
“I thank all Deltans for their support. It is a thing of joy that majority of our people believe in equity, equity engenders peace, cooperation and respect for one another. We will continue to work in the overall interest of Deltans because, that is what we are elected to do. What we desire is for all Deltans to join us, so that we will continue to speak with one voice because, Delta Is a great state.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, urged members of the PDP to engage in issue based campaigns ahead of the 2019 elections.
Governor Okowa made the call on Monday, December 10, at the inauguration of the Delta state PDP campaign council for the elections.
The governor expressed confidence that the PDP has successfully executed projects that will earn it victory in the 2019 general elections.
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