- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta is finishing strong politically in the state ahead of the 2023 general elections
- Almost on a weekly basis, different individuals and political groups defect to the PDP from other political parties in the state
- Receiving the entrants into his party, Governor Okowa used the opportunity to caution Senator Ovie Omo-Agege over his recent comments
Asaba - Leaders and members of an influential political group in the All Progressives Congress (APC) have defected to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta state.
Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Monday, November 15 received chieftains of the group who are Ndokwa/Ukwuani Federal Constituency at Government House, Asaba.
The leader of the delegation, Mr. Sylvester Ogokunu, said that the group was established in November 2020, adding that they decided to return to the PDP to contribute their quota to enable Governor Okowa finish strong.
He described the APC as a "horror house of commotion and gangsterism" noting that both returning and fresh members of the party decided to join the PDP because of the governor’s leadership style that has distinguished him across the nation.
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Legit.ng gathered that the Delta state chairman of the PDP; Chief Kingsley Esiso, Delta North chairman of the party; Deacon Moses Iduh, state secretary; Engr. Daniel Ossai and political adviser to the governor, Chief Isaac Anwuzia were on hand to receive the new members.
Speaking while receiving the defectors, Governor Okowa urged leaders to always speak truth to the people at all times for credibility in governance and welfare of the people.
The governor who was referring to a statement credited to Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, said that he was disappointed in the lawmaker's comment over his administration in Delta.
“One of our brothers sitting very high up there at the Senate, lied to Deltans. I usually don't like to talk about people, but for the Deputy Senate President, to make comments that he knows that is not true is a very unfortunate thing.
“The truth is truth and it cannot be hidden; it is only a blind man that will look through Delta and say that under the current circumstance that this administration is not doing well.
“Under the current financial burden that we have in our nation and looking through all the activities of government both in terms of peacebuilding, development of infrastructure and whatever we do in providing services in the health and education sector, human capital development, and entrepreneurship programs, it has been acknowledged that we are doing well.
“It is wrong for people in high offices to cast a wrong message to the people. I am not going to start comparing myself to the government of APC because whatever I do, I do it out of the fact that the wisdom of God rests upon me and has enabled me to do those things.
“Leaders must learn to communicate right and not to speak lies to their people; even the community he went to speak about in Ughelli South, we are building a bridge across the Orere river.
“That bridge as at the time of the award was N10 billion and the bridge is just a stone throw from where he went to. Construction work is ongoing there day-in, day-out.
“I only wish and pray that rather than make statements that deceive the people that we can all play our roles to attract development from wherever we find ourselves.”
Okowa reiterates call for national dialogue, true federalism
Governor Okowa recently urged Nigerians to remain steadfast in prayers for the country as it continues to grapple with security and economic challenges.
He made the call on Thursday, September 30 in Asaba, in his goodwill message to Nigerians on the 61st anniversary of the nation's independence.
In the message contained in a statement by his spokesman, Olisa Ifeajika, the governor reiterated his call for a national dialogue and a new constitution for the country.
Giving all Nigerians a voice
Okowa made the call at an interdenominational thanksgiving service to mark the 30th anniversary of the creation of Delta state held at St. Peters Anglican Cathedral, Asaba.
He said that there were too many voices of anger calling for justice, fairness, and equity in the affairs of the nation and urged the federal government to take steps to listen to the voices.