- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has urged Nigerians to elect capable people into office in the 2019 general elections
- The governor made the comment after he was endorsed for second term in office a a rally in Asaba
- The endorsement of Okowa was from the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE)
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has urged Nigerians to elect capable people into office in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
The governor made the comment after he was endorsed for second term in office by the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) on Saturday, February 2, at a rally in Asaba, the state capital.
Legit.ng gathered that the NULGE cited the workers-friendly posture of the Okowo administration for endorsing the governor for another term in office.
After the endorsement, Governor Okowa thanked members of NULGE for recognising his efforts to create a better environment for the workers.
The governor said: “The ability to make the right choice will make the state and our nation grow, in the coming days, we will have the options to choose who leads us, we should make the right choice.
“I on behalf of members of my team, entire Deltans who are working to make our state better, thank NULGE for choosing me as their governorship candidate in the forthcoming elections, we are also, grateful to other unions for partnering with us; together, we were able to come out from the difficult position we where as a state to where we are now.
“As a former secretary to the local government council and former council chairman, I will remain a member of NULGE, I will ever remain grateful to God for giving me the local government platform to start my political career; this rally to endorse my candidature is not unusual of NULGE; in 2015, you gathered to support me and today, you are repeating the same feat; I thank you for being able to make the right choice.”
The governor promised that he will continue to ensure that salary is on the first line for payment in the state.
“As it concerns the issue of minimum wage, I personally believe that workers deserve a true wage because, where you work, at the end of the month, you should be able to feed your family and I want to thank the House of Representatives for approving the minimum wage and I believe the Senate should do the same,” he added.
He urged members of NULGE to tell their neighbours and all Deltans the need to vote for him and candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
His words: “Please, go on and convince more people on why it is right to vote Governor Okowa back to the office; I believe that with the several thousands of workers and the several thousands of teachers we have, I believe no one will beat us because my Bible tells me that If God is for us, no one can be against us; don't be afraid, no one can rig the election.
“We are in majority, after voting, stay behind and ensure the votes are recorded, protect your votes; we shall all rejoice at the end of the elections and after the swearing-in on May 29, there will be thanksgiving and praise concert.”
On his part, the national president of NULGE, Comrade Ibrahim Khaleel, described Governor Okowa as a great friend of workers who will remain so for the eight years that he will be governor.
His words: “NULGE is coming in full force to support Governor Okowa second term bid; you (Okowa) supported us in our critical moments, when other states were busy sacking local government workers during the critical times in the nation, you were promoting local government staff.”
Also speaking, the president of the state chapter of NULGE, Comrade Ziko Ukwudi said, “we are gathered here to appreciate you, our dear governor, you paid the backlog of salary arrears of local government staff, you solved the challenges you inherited, local government workers are in support of you re-election bid, your humility has endeared you to local government workers.”
High point of the occasion was the presentation of "Most Workers-friendly Award" to the governor by NULGE.
Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has promised to revive all the sea ports in Delta state and complete the second Niger Bridge if he emerges as president.
Atiku made the promise on Thursday, January 31 during the presidential campaign rally of the party in Asaba as thousands of Deltans took over all available space at the Stephen Keshi Stadium and spilled through miles on all access roads to the venue, in solidarity with the PDP.
Excited with the huge turnout of people, Atiku also commended Governor Okowa for improving on the fortunes of the PDP in the state.
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