The Delta state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the 2019 election campaign in the state is based on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s performance and need to consolidate on the achievements of his Administration within the last four years.
Addressing a press conference this afternoon at the secretariat of the State PDP Campaign Council, the Director General of the Council, Rt. Hon. Funkekeme Solomon said the press conference was necessary because it is the right of Deltans to know why the party was campaigning to sell its candidates across board.
“For the governorship, it is to tell the people that we are satisfied that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has been a good ambassador of our party, having performed well. He has governed well by ensuring that peace and security prevailed in the state. His engagements have brought improved security and peace,” Chief Solomon said.
He continued: “ He has constructed about 400 roads, about 300 drainages, the perennial flood is being attacked through the storm water project; completed high flying projects like the Asaba Township stadium.
“In sports, Okowa not only encouraged local sports talents at both local as well as national sports events, such that the state hosted the All African Athletics Championship, the super Eagles training in Asaba and their jetting out through the Asaba International Airport to play South Africa’s national team for the African cup qualifier.”
Besides, Chief Solomon said Delta state is peaceful because the governor has addressed the issue of equity in the distribution of democratic dividends to the people across the three senatorial districts in a manner that is devoid of rancour and ethnic complaints in terms of distribution of projects has become a thing of the past.
“He has delivered on his promises and we are asking him to contest again to complete two terms because he needs to continue to complete the projects that he has started,” Funkekeme Solomon said, pointing out that Governor Okowa also needs to complete the eight year-term that is due to Delta North Senatorial District, with Delta Central and Delta South have already had.
Explaining the point further, he said that the principle of rotation of the governorship has brought about peace in the state with all the groups having a sense of belonging. “Okowa is entitled constitutionally for a second term, and as a Delta Northerner, he is also entitled to second term like the Delta Central and Delta South have had. First, he has performed, he is entitled to second term as it is constitutionally guaranteed and as one from Delta North. And as a political party, PDP has performed in Delta State, it is a peaceful State, yes, we have had our challenges and overcome them, Solomon said.
Answering questions from the journalists, he asserted that the principle of rotating the governorship is a Delta State policy and a PDP policy. “It is to give every Delta a sense of belonging. It is a beautiful policy that talks about equity and sense of belonging. And it is in accordance with Section 14 of the Constitution that says every part shall have a sense of belonging. There are people who are today in the All Progressives Congress (APC) who are today in APC who benefitted from that this policy of rotation,” Solomon said.
He pointed out that it is the reason why somebody from a small ethnic group could become governor and served two terms.
“PDP has done well and Deltans know this and they will vote massively for Governor Okowa. We don’t need to buy anybody. Deltans know that governing a state is not a tea party, or for a serial contestant who sees contesting for election as a means of making money.
“Those who want rotational governorship are peacemakers, and those who are against peace will curry the wrath of God,” Solomon said quoting many scriptures to support his submissions.
On the issue of unclaimed PVCs, Solomon said urged those who have not collected theirs to do so.
He dismissed the threats of the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, who has threatened that the APC under his chairmanship will take over Delta state at all cost.
Solomon said: “We can’t lose sleep for Oshiomhole. Has he finished with Okorocha, Amosun, Amaechi and others? He has more than enough to contend with in his party. Delta State and Edo State have borders and we are peaceful neighbours. Oshiomhole has more than enough to contend with on his table. We are not losing sleep for him.”
With Funkekeme Solomon at the press conference was Rt. Hon. Pascal Adigwe, director, Delta North, Dr. Timi Tonye, chairman of the Council’s Publicity Committee, Dr. Ifeanyi Osuoza, Director of Publicity his deputy, Prince Obaro Unuafe.