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Okowa Ogboru, Emerhor in last minute jostle for Deltans vote

Posted: Apr 9, 2015 at 6:28 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi  /  Correspondent, Asaba


A former Commissioner in the Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan administration, Dr Kingsley Emu, has urged Deltans to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, “because he is the only one who has the capacity and experience to take Delta State to the promised land of development.”

Emu, who was until October 2014 the commissioner of commerce and industry in a programme monitored on Channels Television, said that Okowa offers Deltans the best option of good governance on account of his pedigree, integrity and skill-set all of which he has manifested in his long years in both the private sector and public service.

“Without prejudice to other contestants,” he asserted, “Dr. Okowa is the only candidate that can successfully build on the legacy of the incumbent governor anchored on Delta Beyond Oil. He intends to do this by deepening agriculture in a manner that it will be attractive to the youths and any person who wishes to venture into agro business. His development style will be bottom up through well-conceived job creation initiatives. He will also sustain and improve on the profile of Delta State as a centre for excellent healthcare delivery by the introduction of more advanced technology in the healthcare delivery value chain.”

Asserting that “Okowa is not a candidate of Delta North,” Dr Emu stated that the PDP candidate “is well accepted among all the ethnic groups and senatorial districts of the state. He is not sectional and this is reflected in the manner he won the PDP ticket at the primaries. He is the only candidate who is not banking on the votes of a section of the state but on votes across all the nooks and crannies of Delta.

“Our man has been part of the Delta story from its creation. He is a grassroots mobiliser who connects well with the people. All over Delta State, the people from all divides are rooting for him; this is why we are confident of victory.”

There are three main contenders in the April 11 governorship election in Delta State: Okowa of the PDP, Chief Great Ogboru of Labour Party and Olorogun Ortega Emerhor of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Representatives of the other political parties also featured on the programme.

In his presentation, the Director of Media and Publicity for Ogboru Campaign Organisation, Zik Zulu Okafor, said Chief Ogboru  is an “inspirational candidate” whose rags-to-riches story is one that resonates with the common man.

He argued that Ogboru was the candidate to beat given his strong showing in two previous elections with the incumbent governor.

Mr. Okafor reiterated that Ogboru did not and has no plan to step down for the APC candidate whom he claimed was not even popular in Delta Central where he and Ogboru comes from.

Two days ago, the Emerhor campaign team had alleged that Ogboru had stepped down for the APC candidate in Saturday poll but in a swift reaction Ogboru refuted the claim.

In his contribution on the programme, the Director of Media and Political Communication of Emerhor Campaign Organisation, Dr Fred Oghenesivbe, pledged that as a turn-around expert, Olorogun Emerhor will transform the fortunes of Delta State through sound economic management and infrastructural development.

He stressed that if elected, Emerhor will deliberately pursue a programme of private/public sector partnership in various sectors of the economy.