Stop deceiving your constituents there is no money, Okowa warns aides
By Jon Egie
Delta State governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has warned all political appointees to stop deceiving their constituents about lack of funds to meet their yearnings.
Governor Okowa gave the warning during a meeting of the PDP Delta Central, held at the Ughelli Town Hall, Friday, Feb. 24.
The governor who earlier called for total reconciliation among members of the party at the various LGAs in the senatorial district expressed dissatisfaction at reports made available to him about how the people complain of lack of empowerment because his appointees rebuff them with the claim “there is no money, there is no money whereas there is no month I do not release money to them to take care of the people”.
He accused some of the appointees of docility and failure to add value to their offices saying, “Some of them do not even know the members of their wards but are just sitting down and waiting for monthly release of funds from the government while the constituents suffer.
“By May 29, when my administration clocks two years I will ask every political appointee to go back to their wards to obtain a confirmation letter that they have been working for the benefit of the people and those who fail to get such confirmation will be relieved of their offices.”
Governor Okowa expressed satisfaction with the turn- out of members of the party for the meeting remarking that by the turn-out he was convinced that his re-election in 2019 is a walk over.
“When I stepped in here there was joy in my heart because of the crowd and as I walked to the high table I looked around with my political eye and became convinced that we will not get it wrong in 2019 just as we did not get it wrong in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 and because we are together and believe in PDP, it is well with us.”
He said the current problem with the PDP emanated from the Port Harcourt Convention held on May 21st, 2015 but that before then, all party structures from the ward to the State level were already in place and hence, added that the recent Port Harcourt Judgment in favour of the Alhaji Modu Sheriff faction of the party has nothing to do with those existing structures.
“PDP is still very strong nationally,” he said and rejected the appellation that the party was in orphanage. He expressed further confidence that the leaders of the party would still deliver just as they were able to cleanly deliver four LGAs out of the eight in Delta Central during the 2015 election but charged them never to go to sleep because the party leader, Chief James Ibori, was now home but that they should keep awake and ensure total reconciliation among members of the party to avoid votes reduction during the 2019 election.
He apologized for the failure of his administration to meet the expectation saying the failure was due to the economic situation of the country but assured of smile on the faces of the people.
According to him, the bombing of the Forcados Trunk Line adversely affected the oil revenue accruable to the State but that as repairs on the Line had begun, “in another three months, things will change and we will occupy our place among oil producing states in the country and even if the oil price falls we will still be able to get reasonable amount of money to take care of our needs”.
He acknowledged that it has been very difficult for local government workers and primary school teachers in the state but reassured that in three months, “they will smile”.
The governor said the successes recorded by his administration so far in the area of road construction are due largely to commitment of those working with him.
He advised members of the party; especially political appointees who want to contest the 2019 general elections to start doing good works right from their wards level and never come to him for support.
“Do not come to my office to tell me you want to contest, I do not want to hear that, go and tell your people because by the grace of God, there will be no anointing.
“I promised my God that because I came through a fair primary election I will conduct a fair primary for the party.”
Earlier, Chief Ighoyota Amori reported that the meeting had resolved through a motion moved by the Speaker of the DTHA, Rt Hon Monday Igbuya and seconded by Rt Hon Loveth Idisi, member House of Reps, to pass a confidence vote on the Okowa administration, pledged loyalty to the Markafi led national executive of the PDP and to honour the leader of the party in the state, Chief James Ibori with an Halleluiah (Ewewu) dance visit to his residence in Oghara on March 11.
But Prof Sam Oyovwaire told Okowa not to be carried away with the proposed (Ewewu) Halleluiah dance since he could not trust anybody any longer because “there is hunger in the land and some of those who would be going to Oghara for the Halleluiah dance would only be doing so to secure food for their stomachs so we must go back and work” he said and stressed that he would not be deceived by the cheering mammoth crowd that attended the meeting.
In his welcome address, Chariman of the PDP, Delta Central, Chief Dr Patrick Fovie expressed disappointment at the failure of the political appointees and elected officials on the platform of the PDP to pay their party dues saying that the party was broke, owed rents and faced eviction.
But Chief John Oguma quickly came to the rescue by donating the sum of N2.5 million to settle the party secretariat rent and promised to host the party in his country home at Ovwor in the month of March, 2017.