…receives 5,000 defectors from APC

Delta State governor and vice-presidential candidate of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, on Monday said solutions to Nigeria’s challenges were well articulated in the party’s manifesto ordered toward rebuilding the country from current abyss.

Okowa stated this while receiving no fewer than 5,000 former members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other political parties into the PDP in Asaba, the state capital.

He urged Nigerians to vote the Atiku-Okowa ticket and so leverage the huge experience of the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to turn things around for the country, saying Atiku had done it in the past when he served as vice-president and chairman of the National Economic Council.

“Atiku Abubakar is a man with great experience, having been vice president at a time Nigeria was troubled. Today, the issues are worse, not just because of the economy but security, which has gone so bad,” he said.

Okowa described himself as a child of grace, saying it was not by man’s power that he has successfully occupied several offices, from secretary to local government to chairman of local government council, commissioner in several ministries, secretary to the state government, senator, and governor for eight years.

“Just today, 1,200 Deltans were empowered and we have done this over time to the chagrin of the opposition in the state, but we will continue to do that because we are investing in the future of the people of our state,” he said.

“A lot of youths have become very well established and we have been doing this over time. We have completed so many bridges and many are still ongoing, including in rural and riverside communities where many people thought development can never get to.

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“When I started the State Secretariat building, they criticized us, saying how is he going to complete it? But today, it is completed and a great sight to behold along Maryam Babangida Road that was hitherto impassable before our administration,’’ he said.

Okowa urged the defectors to join hands with other members of the party to rescue the country from the grip of the inept All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government.

Welcoming the decampees, chairman of PDP in the state, Chief Kingsley Esiso, said that APC had destroyed the nation’s unity, brought untold hardship, poverty, hunger and insecurity to Nigerian. He, therefore, called on the people to vote for the PDP.

He said that the party was fully prepared to turn things around for the nation.

Speaking on behalf of the other defectors, Chief Israel Akegwure, Chief Roland Iraro, Dr Bennis Agbonifo and Chief Julius Mallam-Obi all regretted their time in APC, describing it as “a wasted period in darkness’’.

They commended Governor Okowa for what he was doing for the common man in the communities, saying that their sojourn in APC was unimpactful.

They assured that they would work hard to join hands with other Deltans and Nigerians to achieve victory for the party.

“The oppression in APC is beyond human comprehension. People are leaving Delta APC in droves because of its governorship candidate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. Everything around him is Orogun, his community. How can the party thrive with such clannishness?” they stated.