PDP opens 2019 Okowa re-election campaign, sues for support
By Jon Egie.
The campaign for the re-election of Governor Okowa in 2019 has virtually been opened as the Delta State PDP chairman; Barr Kingsley Esiso along with leadership of the party in Ughelli North made strong case for Okowa’s re-election, Monday, Oct.31, 2016 in Ughelli.
During a reception ceremony organized by the PDP in Ughelli to honour the State Chairman of the party, various leaders of the party voiced that the re-election of Governor Okowa was a task that must be done.
In his welcome address, the chairman of the PDP in Ughelli North LGA, Hon Lawrence Agbatutu, urged the Urhobo people to be patient until 2023 to allow Okowa complete his second term in office because “come 2019, there will be no vacancy in Government House, Asaba.”
In the face of the support he has received from elders, leaders and foot soldiers of the party, he pledged to work collectively to deliver Ughelli North to PDP in subsequent elections.
Gen. Dominic Oneya (rtd), an elder of the party in Ughelli North assured that the party in the LG was united and remained loyal to Governor Okowa and hence, were ready to support his re-election in 2019.
Taking turn to speak, the SSG, Hon Festus Ovie Agas said the Delta State government under the leadership of Governor Okowa was committed, “by my honour” to the empowerment of women and youth in 2017.
“My Principal (Okowa) does not make fake promises and I, his SSG, will keep my promises” Agas said.
Hon Sam Mariere who represents Ughelli Constituency 1, in the DTHA used the occasion to move a confidence vote on Gov Okowa, Barr Kingsley Esiso, the State and Ughelli North LG exco of PDP led by Hon Lawrence Agbatutu; as the only known PDP EXCO in the LG.
The motion was seconded by Hon Eric Oharis representing Ughelli North Constituency 11 in the DTHA and Gen Oneya who presided over the motion declared it carried by a voice vote.
Chief Dr Patrick Fovie, also speaking, reiterated the resolve to let the governorship seat of Delta State remain in Delta North until 2023 and therefore called on all
Urhobo sons and daughters who have the ambition to remain patient until 2023, otherwise, they would break the accord.
Rounding up the speeches, the State party Chairman, Barr Kingsley Esiso expressed satisfaction with the huge turn -out of members of the party stressing that with the caliber of PDP members who came out to honour him, there was no doubt that PDP in Ughelli remained strong with functional leadership.
He thanked the party members in Ughelli North for their support to the Okowa administration and to the PDP for the past 17 years. Barr Esiso appealed to the leadership of the party in the LG to work as brothers and sisters, recognizing the fact that their success was hinged on unity and cooperation devoid of bickering and backbiting.
He said some political rascals were out canvassing departure from the PDP but he assured that only PDP exists as a political party in Delta State.
“Today, obviously, Nigerians are suffering because the APC has mismanaged our economy. Sometime in 2014, they sold a product to us without asking for change, unfortunately, that change is a bad one and we are in a one chance bus. We PDP are democrats and non-violent but come 2019, we will use our ballot to change the change”. Esiso said.
He described the Okowa administration as performing and deserved to be returned to power in 2019 and therefore, prayed the Urhobo people to be further patient until 2013.