2019: Saraki Consults Okowa

AHEAD of the 2019 general elections, Senate President, Bukola Saraki yesterday, met with Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa at the Government House, Asaba.

Saraki who addressed the press after the more than 30 minutes closed door meeting, stated, “I spent four years with a very capable and competent colleague (Governor Okowa) in the Senate, we worked very closely together and I have come to spend some time with him and to hear his views now that I have rejoined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”

“Governor Okowa is a very important party member, he is someone I truly respect and I have come to listen to him, hear his views and to consult with him,” he said.

He lauded the level of development witnessed in Delta State in the past three years, observing, “there is lot of economic growth for the past three years in the state, a lot of opportunites have been created for Deltans, there is a lot of development in the state and this is what we want to see in most of our states.”

The Senate President who was accompanied by some Senators, including, Senator Dino Melaye and Peter Nwaoboshi also debunked claims that the Senate was yet to reconvene due to fear of his impeachment, stating, “I am not losing any sleep about impeachment, we have a country that a lot of Nigerians believe there must be rule of law, those who are talking about impeachment are engaging in cheap blackmail and I am not concerned about that.”

He also used the brief encounter to throw more light on why he left the All Progressive Congress, saying, “I have made a four page statement on why I left the All Progressive Congress (APC) and I made it very clear that the ideas and visions of what we expected, was not realised in the areas of democracy, justice, etc.”

He continued, “those that followed the political terrain of the last three years can see that the people are not happy, it is not about myself but about Nigerians and about the kind of country we want to build, the kind of democracy we want practiced and the kind of leadership we need, but, we have not been able to achieve any of this under the APC as much as we have tried.

Atiku, Okowa Restate Commitment To Restructuring; As Atiku Consults Delta PDP on his Presidential Ambition

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa have said that there must be restructuring for Nigeria to make progress.

The duo made this assertion at Asaba when the former Vice President paid the governor a courtesy visit to consult on his aspiration for the Presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2019 general elections.

While Alhaji Abubakar disclosed that he has been in the forefront for the restructuring of the country since 2004 as it will bring out the best among Nigerians, Governor Okowa stated, “I strongly believe that the way out of the challenges of the country is to have stronger states, stronger federating units.”

Senator Okowa commended Alhaji Abubakar for engaging in consultation visit, assuring that delegates to the Presidential Primaries of the PDP will make their decisions based on acceptability, reach, experience and level of intelligence of the individual aspirants.

He urged the aspirant not to relent in moving to different states of the country, stating that more efforts should be made for the PDP to be in control of more states of the country to enable it to clinch the Presidential position in 2019.

Alhaji Abubakar had said that his aspiration to be Nigeria’s President was borne out of his passion to ensure that the country makes progress, disclosing, “the security architecture of the country must be reviewed and decentralized.”

He decried situation where security agencies do not take orders from the state governors, asserting, “as an individual, I don’t think this is true federalism, we must restructure the security architecture.”

The former Vice President also listed ways to tackle unemployment in the country observing, “to create jobs, you must liberalize the economy, support the private sector, create incentives to make the private sector boom and open up the economy to foreign direct investment.”

“I will have a very small federal government with powers and resources devolved to the states to manage the affairs while they pay tax to the federal government; with this, each zone can survive on its own without leaning on oil money,” he emphasized.

Earlier at a courtesy call on Governor Okowa, Alhaji Abubakar had said he was in the state to consult the people, to seek the support of the people to enable him to emerge as the Presidential flag bearer of the PDP.

While noting that Delta State was home to the PDP, Alhaji Abubakar commended the developmental strides of the Delta State Governor, Dr. Okowa in the development of the state.

“Delta State has been a PDP state, each successive government continues from where the previous one stopped in terms of infrastructure development, you (Governor Okowa) have continued to develop infrastructure, especially roads, your efforts in executing your programmes and policies, especially in the creeks are highly commendable as they will reduce agitations, it requires wise leadership for communities to live in peace and have sense of belongings and I must commend you for doing this in the state,” he stated.

Others who spoke at the event include former Governor of Ogun State, Otumba Gbenga Daniel, his Imo State counterpart, Chief Achike Udenwa, former Minister of the Ministry of Niger Delta, Elder Godsday Orubebe, among others.

Okowa, The Face Of Credibility In PDP

BY FIDELIS EGUGBO

IN life, one can comfortably say that trust is everything. But, in politics, struggle for power, deception is the act. Even Brutus had to betray his bosom friend and Boss, Julius Caesar because of power. Betrayal due to quest for power transcends human understanding as even the witches gave false prophecies that led to the fall of Macbeth. The game of power is such that the devil also uses it on human; Jesus Christ declined the offers of the devil but, one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot could not resist such. Who knows the official position that Judas Iscariot could have been offered aside 30 pieces of silver?

Trust, is a five letter word that was fast becoming what can only be gleaned from fairy tales, especially in politics until Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa emerged as the Governor of Delta State. Okowa’s emergence can aptly be used to boost the confidence of those who are losing faith in God as he is always ready to attribute his electoral victories to God.

The governor having survived several political turbulence has learnt all the verses of the gospel tune, “My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less.” One cannot forget in haste that the governor’s journey to the Senate was a turbulent one. It was almost an impossible task then. One can only but, imagine the daring nature of Dr Okowa, but, having practiced as a Medical Doctor, served as Secretary to local government council, empowered a lot of Deltans as Commissioner for Agriculture and later, Commissioner for Health before becoming the Secretary to the State Government, he was confident that he was more on ground to win the primary election.

The primaries that saw the emergence of Dr Okowa as the flag-bearer of the PDP was held severally all in a bid for the wishes of the people to be truncated but, Dr Okowa who resigned his position as the SSG to vie for the position was not deterred, he ensured that the primaries were beamed live on national television stations to the world. That transparency saved Dr Okowa and with the hurdles cleared at the PDP primaries, it was a smooth sail for him to the Senate.

Going into what transpired during the governorship primaries that saw Senator Okowa emerging as the PDP gubernatorial flag bearer may take a lot of space but, he was least endorsed by political leaders for the position, yet, PDP delegates in an overwhelming voice, voted for him and with the victory at the PDP primaries, it was another smooth sail for him to the Government House, Asaba.
With the above scenario, the governor believes that power only comes from God as it did not take time for members of the PDP, who desired a party that Nigerians can trust to discover Governor Okowa as someone who can carry out his functions, diligently, without fear or favour but, with strong belief that the will of the people should prevail, bearing in mind that the voice of the people, is the voice of God.

The litmus test for the governor came when there were factions in the PDP and against the permutation of pundits, he navigated the ship of the party through a non-elective convention that was acceptable to the party members and applauded by all Nigerians.

As one who delivered during the non-elective convention held in August, 2017, the onus fell on him again to conduct the elective convention of the party in December of that same year and to the glory of God, that elective convention was conducted transparently and credibly to the extent that losers in the elections embraced those that won.
That convention can be described as what saved Nigeria’s democracy from a one-party state as a formidable opposition political party, the PDP was reborn. Officers were elected into various positions of the party and today, PDP speaks as a formidable political party in the country.

Since the successful conduct of the elective convention of the PDP, especially at a time when no other political party in the country has been able to muster the courage to do such, Governor Okowa is seen by most Nigerians as the face of credibility of the PDP.

It was no wonder the leadership of the party called on him again to conduct the gubernatorial primaries of Ekiti State. To conduct the primary elections with Governor Okowa were Chief Henry Ikoh, Chief Samuel Nwanosike, Col. Bala Mande and Dr Baraka Sani who served as Secretary of the committee.

The governor on May 8, 2018, few days ago, was in Ekiti State to conduct the primaries. Ekiti State has always been in the news as the State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose is, a very vocal member of the PDP. It is on record that three days before Governor Okowa conducted the primaries, attempts by the All Progressive Congress (APC), the main opposition political party in the area to conduct theirs ended in fiasco with most of their members sustaining different degrees of injuries.

As such, there was apprehension when yours sincerely joined the governor on that trip to Ekiti. But, while APC fielded more than 30 aspirants, including a Minister of the Federal Government for the governorship primaries, the PDP had only three aspirants, the current deputy governor of the state, Prof. Kolapo Olusola; former national spokesman of the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye and serving Senator, Biodun Olujimi.

As a man who knew his onion, Governor Okowa arrived Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, a day before the primary elections and went round the town with members of his committee searching for desirable venue for the primary election. The stadium was visited, but, was ruled out due to fear that rain may disturb the event. After several considerations, the Great Eagle Event Centre, along Ikere/Ekiti Expressway was chosen. The place is serene, spacious to accommodate the about 2, 000 delegated billed for the election. We retired for the night at about mid-night, at a time Governor Okowa was still holding series of meetings to ensure a hitch-free primaries.

As envisaged, we woke up at about 4.30 am with the heavens opening, but, the rain did not deter Senator Okowa with members of his committee as they moved to the election venue at about 6.30 am. The governor moved around without umbrella in the rain determined that primary elections in the state would not dent the image he has carved for himself as a performer at the national level. It was the proverbial case of, having wrestled on top of the palm tree, wrestling on top of palm kernel would not be a challenge. All that one can say, were words of prayers and thanks to God for giving the governor the wisdom and energy to do what he was doing.

Wearing a pair of jeans, a flowered long-sleeve shirt, fez cap and a matching footwear, loafers, Governor Okowa literally arranged the halls where the voting took place and that used for accreditation. From that 6.30 am, the governor only sat down to sign some documents, he was on the move, from entrance of the halls to where the accreditations were taking place to the venue where the voting took place, all to ensure that it was hitch-free. It is worth mentioning that delegates were accredited at the Dove Event Centre, few metres from where the voting took place. The delegates were taken in a bus to the voting centre with heavy presence of security operatives.

Governor Okowa personally, did head counts of all the delegates before they cast their votes, followed it up by supervising the sorting of votes and counting. Immediately voting was concluded, the Governor asked the aspirants if they were satisfied with the process before the results would be announced and they said, it was so credible and transparent.
According to Prince Adeyeye, “I’m very much satisfied with the process and by the grace of God whoever wins, we are going to support whoever emerges. The process is transparent and credible.”
Prof. Olusola on his part said, “I thank God for this excellent job, entire process peaceful, fair and credible, this shows that our able leaders are projecting PDP as a party worthy of emulation. Whoever emerges, I’m going to join hands with him to move the state forward.”

The Governor personally counted the votes and at the end, declared Prof. Olusola winner as he polled 1, 190 votes against Prince Adeyeye who got 771 votes. Senator Olujimi shortly before voting commenced, withdrew from the race citing her commitment to moving the party forward.

Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayo Fayose in a brief speech after the declaration of winner at the congress, said, “we will keep Okowa here till Friday to help APC, if not they will not have any candidate. They will still continue to beat themselves. They can’t conduct congresses, they do not represent the minds of the masses.”

Governor Okowa who thanked the press and all those who contributed to the successful organization of the primary elections, rejected the offer to conduct the APC primaries saying he was not a member of the APC and was eager to return to Delta State where his people want him.

But, if you think his credibility is admired only by Nigerians outside his state, you have missed the point. In Delta State, he is known as the Ekwueme, the man who does not waver on his words. His words are his bonds and that has seen him, to be committed to developing all parts of the state that my Warri brothers would chorus at every opportunity, “Okowa Dey Work, We Dey See Am,” and elsewhere in the state, he is nicknamed, the Road Master.

Chairman, Governing Council, Delta State School of Health Technology, Ofuoma-Ughelli, Dr (Pharmacist) Nelson Ejakpovi stated, “the peaceful conduct of the governorship primaries of the PDP in Ekiti State has rekindled the hope of Nigerians that with PDP, there is future for our country. It was a clear evidence that with godly men in positions of authority, things can be done right in the country. We are proud to be associated with Governor Okowa, we are happy that he has strengthened our party at the state and at the national levels.

With Governor Okowa becoming the face of transparent and credible elections in Nigeria, the world, especially, Nigerians are now aware that the only democratic party, the only political party where people have freedom to express themselves, is, the PDP. I congratulate the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof. Kolapo Olusola for his victory but, obviously, the winner in that primaries is the PDP, because, at a time other political parties could not organise their congresses, PDP has shown unity of purpose in the struggle to entrench democratic tenets in Nigeria. I congratulate Prince. Dayo Adeyeye and Senator Biodun Olujimi for believing in our party and their commitment to retain the winning streak of the party as exemplified by Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State.”

Politically, Governor Okowa is bound to break the record as the first Executive Governor of the state who will contest for second term in office unopposed in the party’s primaries. Of course, with the way he emerged as the PDP flag-bearer in 2014 ahead of the 2015 governorship elections, which he has backed with successful delivery of democratic dividends that are acceptable by the people, one may not be surprised if he is adopted as the sole candidate of all the political parties for the 2019 gubernatorial elections. This is because, many Deltans sees the completion of his 8-year tenure as a done-deal based on his achievements as a governor and the fact that his predecessors, Chief James Ibori and Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan completed two tenures each for their Senatorial Districts, Delta Central and Delta South Senatorial Districts respectively.

With the successful conduct of the primary elections of Ekiti State, there is clear indication that PDP support base will continue to increase.

(As published on page 10, of The Pointer Newspaper of today, Sunday, May 13, 2018.)

PDP Delta Mandate To Hold Mega Rally For Okowa’s Re-Election.

The PDP Delta Mandate, a pressure group of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, has concluded plans to hold a rally in Warri on the 26th of this month to canvass for votes for the re-election of the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, in 2019.

This was one of the decisions reached at the maiden meeting of the group for the year held at the Asaba residence of Chief Edwin Uzor, former state Chairman of the PDP.

Addressing the gathering, the President of the PDP Delta Mandate, Chief Isaac Anwuzia, said the rally, to be hosted by Delta South Senatorial district chapter of the Mandate, will have in attendance all ward, local government and state coordinators of the group as well as supporters drawn from all parts of the state.

Chief Anwuzia, who is also the Chairman of Aniocha South Local Government Council, said that there would be massive mobilisation by each of the local government areas for the February 26 rally.

While saying that the body was not parallel to the party, he reaffirmed that the main goal is to ensure that the party’s endorsed candidate gets to Government House and sued for the support of all in the execution of the task.

The Senior Political Adviser to the Governor, Chief Festus Ochonogor, thanked the people for assisting the party to win more converts and also challenged all members of the party to help market the good works of the Governor especially in the areas of infrastructure and human capital development.

He said the administration of Dr. Okowa has done well and deserved to be given another tenure to do more.

The Vice President of the group, Chief Solomon Areyinka, said members of the Mandate in Delta South were working assiduously for the success of the rally which will be extended to other Senatorial districts and called on stakeholders to mobilize people to the event meant to showcase to the world reasons why the incumbent Governor needed re-election.

Other speakers included Chief Lawrence Oshiegbu, Hon. Funkekeme Solomon, Chief Edwin Uzor, Chief Moses Iduh, Delta North Chairman of the PDP and Chief Isaac Onyesom who unanimously declared that no efforts will be spared in ensuring the success of the rally and re-election of the Governor.

They pledged to be at the forefront in the enlightenment of Deltans on the giant strides of the Governor in all sectors and on the need to support him in next year’s general elections.

Go, Get Your PVCs, Okowa Tells Deltans

Delta State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has enjoined students in tertiary institutions of learning in the state that are 18 years and above to ensure that they have a Permanent Voters Card (PVC) by making themselves available for voters registration at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office nearest to them if they have not registered before.

Senator Okowa gave the advice yesterday at the College of Education (COE), Agbor, during a one-day sensitization/awareness program on voters’ education in tertiary institutions which was organized by the Directorate of Orientation, Governor’s Office in collaboration with the COE, Agbor.

The governor, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, disclosed that the advice had become necessary as it would enable them to make a well-informed decision on who represents them at the various levels of government.

“We will be failing in our duties if we fail to tell you of the power that you have as eligible voters; you have enormous electoral power to elect any candidate of your choice but you can only do this if you have your PVC”, Senator Okowa stated.

While thanking the Directorate of Orientation and the COE, Agbor, for collaborating to organize the sensitization/awareness programme on voters’ education, the governor implored students of the school to put what they were taught into practice by actively exercising their franchise in a responsible manner.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Executive Assistant to the governor on Orientation, Barr. Eugene Uzum, said that the import of the sensitization programme was to adequately enlighten students in tertiary institutions of learning on the need to have a PVC.

Barr. Uzum disclosed that the sensitization/awareness on voters’ education would take place in all the tertiary institutions of learning in the state, adding that voters’ education was an essential ingredient needed to stimulate students’ interest in the electoral process.

In his goodwill message, the Provost, COE, Agbor, Dr. Joseph Ukadike, who applauded the thoughtfulness of the conveners of the programme said “this workshop could not have come at a better time than now considering the fact that the country has always been yearning for violence-free electioneering process”, adding that stakeholders in the country’s political terrain should contribute their quota to the attainment of a virile democratic process.

In their separate presentations, the Head of Department, General Administration and Procurement, INEC, Asaba, Sir Felix Erabor; the Special Assistant to Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr. Godwin Edozie; the member representing Ika South constituency in Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Festus Chukwuyem Okoh, and Hon. Innocent Esewezie urged students not to allow themselves to be used as political thugs.

They stressed the need for all eligible voters to register in polling units nearest to their residence so that they will not have any difficulty in going go to vote on election day, adding that they should participate in the electoral process with a strong passion.

We Have Developed STRATEGIES To Win In 2019- Secondus

NATIONAL Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has said the All Progressive Congress (APC) failure to provide good governance is a yardstick for Nigerians to vote for candidates of the PDP in the 2019 general elections.

Prince Secondus who was addressing leaders of the PDP in Asaba shortly before the commencement of a consultative meeting between the National Working Committee of the PDP and Governors who won their elections on the platform of the PDP, expressed confidence that Nigerians will speak with one voice through their voters’ cards by voting for the PDP in the 2019 general elections.

According to him, “the weakest point in the history of the PDP is that we lost in the 2015 elections but, we should take advantage of the monumental failure of the APC, they came with a government of vengeance, we must emphasise that our people must have voters’ cards because Nigerians want us to come together and rescue the country in 2019.”

“The NWC is here in Asaba to consult with our Governors and we are presenting our roadmap to victory to them; on Tuesday, we will consult with members of the National Assembly,” Prince Secondus who was at the event with the entire members of the NWC of the PDP said.

He disclosed that the PDP will wrestle power from the APC through aggressive awareness campaign for members of the party at the local government and ward levels to have their voters’ cards, assuring that the PDP has been repositioned with strong emphasis on the power of the people, the electorates who will always be given the chance to make their choice in a free, and fair manner without fear.

The Chairman, lauded the programmes of Governor Okowa’s administration especially in the areas of job and wealth creation, compulsory health insurance scheme, provision of infrastructure, among others, asserting, “Governor Okowa is a performing Governor, there is no way you will count 1, 2, 3 Governor who are working without counting Okowa, he is brilliant, an achiever; of a truth, you (Governor Okowa) are doing very well and we will ask our Governors to key into your programmes because they are well thought-out and targeted at the people at the grassroots as the beneficiaries.”

Governor of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Wike said the desire of Nigerians is for the PDP to take over power at the center in 2019, noting that based on performance, there is no fear about the party losing any of the states where they won the governorship position.

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa commended the NWC for choosing Delta State for its meeting and used the occasion to reel out some of the achievements of his administration in the health, and education sectors.

He also, scored his administration high in peacebuilding, job and wealth creation, ensuring the implementation of the compulsory health insurance scheme, among others, disclosing that based on the love the people of the state have for the PDP, they voted massively for the party in the January 6, 2018, local government elections.

Others who spoke at the meeting were the Governors of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, and that of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo.

Ukah Calls Out Oshiomhole Over Comments On Delta

Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has chided the immediate past governor of Edo State and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, over his comments about the 2019 Delta State polls.

The former Governor had at a mega rally of the party in Benin City, Edo State, on Friday, declared that the party would extend its coast in the South-South by installing an APC governor in Delta State.

However, Mr. Ukah, in a statement signed by his Media Assistant, Mr. Sam Ijeh, in Asaba on Saturday, said that the choice of words, especially the use of ‘installing’, by the former labour leader is a manifestation of his limited knowledge of politics as against unionism were he claims to be a master.

The Commissioner for Information expressed surprise that Comrade Oshiomhole, who is a leader of a party that has brought untold hardship to Nigerians, will be talking of installing a Governor in a state that is not his own instead of suggesting ways of how to make living bearable for Nigerians.

Mr. Ukah posited that with the numerous developmental projects going on in various parts of the state, Deltans are satisfied with the performance of the present administration and this was made manifest by the resounding victory recorded by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the recently conducted local government election in Delta State.

The Commissioner for Information advised the former Governor to first join hands with others in his party to put their house in order by conducting a successful national convention that is long overdue instead of engaging in a wild goose chase.

He said that Comrade Oshiomhole should not be deceived by fair-weather politicians who are leaving the PDP for the APC describing them as spent forces who feel uncomfortable with the reforms presently going on in the PDP.

Mr. Ukah said Delta was in safe hands under the leadership of Senator Okowa adding that those who will attempt to flex muscles with the Governor would be denounced and disgraced by the people.

He said the likes of Comrade Oshiomole were responsible for putting Nigeria in its present comatose state, taking the country that was on steady growth, several years backward.

The propaganda used to deceive Nigerians into voting APC into power and now regretting their actions will not fly in Delta State, the Commissioner for Information said.

Okowa Urges Council Chairmen To Ensure Payment Of Salaries

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa presided at the swearing-in ceremony of the Chairmen of Ethiope East and Ughelli North local government areas, Chief Faith Majemite and Hon. Godwin Adode respectively, saying payment of salaries should be a priority.

According to Governor Okowa who spoke at the impressive ceremony that took place at Government House, Asaba, chairmen of councils “should pay salaries first before engaging in any other venture.”

He also, challenged the Chairmen of Councils in the state to pay special attention to environmental cleanliness, noting that clean cities and towns are necessary to attract inventors and make such areas habitable.

“We must institute lasting measures to keep our environments clean, it is the duty of local government councils to keep the environment clean, our environment must be clean for investors to come in, make us healthier and happy,” the Governor said

He observed that the state government had intervened severally in the area of making the state clean despite the fact that it is the duty of local government councils to ensure such.

Governor Okowa also, urged the Chairmen to take issues of primary health care serious by cooperating with the state Primary Health Care Agency, and harnessing the benefits of the contributory health insurance scheme of his administration.

The Governor who congratulated the Chairmen and the Vice Chairmen, including the Councillors for their victories at the polls, used the occasion to also, take the issue of security serious in their areas and ensure that they leave within their council areas, asserting, “we will not have absentee chairmen and councillors, live in your local government areas, at all times we should note that our position is to serve the people, we must be humble with the way we relate with people.”

“You (council chairmen) should find out what is going on at the state government level and ensure that your people key into the programmes of the state government, be prudent with the management of resources and do not be lousy on the job,” the Governor said.

Responding on behalf of her colleague, Chief Majemite assured Governor Okowa, the government and people of Delta State that they will carry out their functions diligently with rendering of selfless service as the watchword.

Dr Chris Oharisi in a chat with journalists shortly after the event, observed that the inauguration of the two chairmen showed the beauty of democracy as their election was held at a date different from that of their colleagues.

“Today, we are here to cheer our Chairmen, show solidarity with our party, you know the first set of 23 Council Chairmen were sworn-in last Monday and today, we just witnessed the swearing-in of two other chairmen, it is the beauty of democracy and showed that the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) carried out its job diligently and ensured that elections were held in a peaceful atmosphere,”
Dr Oharisi who is a member of the Governing Council, Delta State School of Health Technology, Ofuoma – Ughelli said.

Ukah Congratulates Newly Elected LG Chairmen

Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has congratulated the 23 Chairmen of Local Government Councils who were sworn-in by the State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba.

Speaking after the ceremony, Mr. Ukah said their victory at the polls was a confirmation that hard work pays and that there is no shortcut to success.

The Commissioner for Information noted that the vigorous campaigns embarked upon by Governor Okowa round all the 25 local government areas in the state, coupled with the ward to ward campaigns by the Chairmen, contributed immensely to the success recorded at the polls.

He called on the Chairmen not to betray the trust reposed on them by the electorate who voted them into power by fulfilling the campaign promises made before the election.

Mr. Ukah reminded them that power comes from God and not through any man, cautioning them to govern with the fear of the Lord so that the people will not regret voting them into office.

The Commissioner for Information called on those who lost the election to cooperate with the winners by contributing their quota to the development of their Local Government Areas since only one person will be in charge at a time.

Delta LG Elections: Okowa Expresses Satisfaction With Process

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the local government council election.

Governor Okowa who spoke at Ward 3, Owa-Alero, Ika North-East local government area of Delta State shortly after casting his vote at Polling Unit 3, asserted, “I am satisfied with the process.”

“DSIEC (Delta State Independent Electoral Commission) has given assurance that the election will be credible, free and fair and so far, you can see that people have come out to cast their votes,” the Governor said, observing that the electoral process adopted by DSIEC which entails simultaneous accreditation and voting process reduced the crowding of polling boots.

According to him, “the voting pattern adopted by DSIEC is such that once you are accredited, you cast your vote and you go for your business unlike in the past when accreditation commences at 8 am and end at 12 noon before voting will commence; with this process, accreditation and voting continues from 8 am to 3 pm and you are expected to leave the voting centre immediately after casting your votes.”

On the situation report generally across the state, the Governor disclosed that at Ndokwa East local government area, soldiers stopped electoral officers from moving materials, a situation which he said, was addressed, adding that at Ughelli North, suspected members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) were said to have srtDSIEC office.

“It is unfortunate that some persons were not ready for the elections and they resorted to violence, i personally led the campaign of the PDP round the 25 local government areas of the state, even to areas I did not visit when I was campaigning for the governorship position and after that, the campaign from Ward to Ward, house to house continued while other political parties were not involved in any campaign,” he stated, reiterating, “I can assure you that generally, from information available to me, the state is calm and voting is in progress in the state.”

Those who spoke at the places visited expressed confidence in the electoral process, sayng DSIEC was prepared for the election.

At about 11.45 am, voters were seen exercise their rights at Ward 9, Akumazi, with those who spoke to the press saying, materials arrived early and there was no crisis as the election was peaceful while two suspected members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) were arrested with guns at Igbodo, Ika North-East local government area of the state.

Speaking with Journalists, the member representing Ika Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Victor Nwokolo disclosed that the trouble makers were caught early enough before they perpetuated their acts which was designed to disrupt the election.

He stated that security agencies nipped the situation in the bud by arresting the two APC members, stating that voting took place in a very peaceful atmosphere after the incident.

At Ward 7, Emevor, Isoko North local government area, Dr. (Pharm.) Nelson Ejakpovi said at about 12 pm that, “I just voted, the people came out emeses to vote, voting is in progress and it is very peaceful,” while Chief Godwill Obielum disclosed that voting started early at Ward 20, Ushie, Ndokwa East local government area of the state.

According to Chief Obielum, “I score DSIEC very high in this election, they were prepared and it gave our people confidence that they could come out in the morning and were able to vote in a peaceful atmosphere without any fear of intimidation.”

The Commissioner for Lands in the state, Chief Chika Ossai however, disclosed that due to the terrain which requires material passing through different local government areas from Aboh to iselegu, voting material arrived at about 11 pm, stating that he cast his votes at about 12.30 pm at DSIEC Ward 3, Unit 5, Iselegu.

He stated that the area was peaceful and voting was in progress as at the time of filing this report while the Commissioner for Information in the state, Hon. Patrick Ukah who voted at Ward 12, Unit 3, Okpanam said, voting material was a little delayed as DSIEC officials waited for security agencies to deploy officers to escort voting materials to different areas.

He lauded the electoral process, noting that the concept of voting immediately after accreditation helped in decongesting the polling booths as people left for their different homes after voting.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairmanship candidate for Warri South local government area, Hon. Michael Tidi voted at 10.15 am at Ward 17, Unit 14, Idimi-Jakpa quarters, Okere and expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the election the DSIEC, stating, “this is one of the best organised election by the DSIEC, it is transparent, and people are happy to come out and vote without fear, with confidence that their votes will count.”

The Commandant of the Delta State Nigeria Security and Civil Corps, Ego Sam who was seen monitoring the exercise, said, all measures were taken in collaboration with other security agencies to ensure a hitch-free election in the state.

She observed that the election was peaceful without security threat.

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