GOV. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Monday enjoined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) newly inaugurated State Campaign Council to ensure issue-based campaign ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The governor gave the charge while addressing the council after its inauguration by the state’s Party Chairman, Chief Kingsley Esiso in Asaba.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports 60 -member council has Prof. Sam. Oyovbaire as its Chairman, Prince Ned Nwoko as its Vice- Chairman while Chief Fukekeme Solomon will serve as its Director-General.
NAN also reports that former Gov. James Ibori, the incumbent Deputy Governor of the state: Prof Amos Utuama, and a former deputy governor: Chief Benjamin Elue, and all other PDP stalwarts in the state made the list.
Okowa said that as a government, his administration had performed and delivered the dividends of democracy in infrastructure, health, education, jobs creations for youths and women among others to guarantee the party’s return to power.
According to him, the campaign for 2010 general elections must be issue-based.
He said that in the past three and half years, his administration had achieved a lot.
Okowa added that there were still more to be done for the people.
“You must take the campaigns to the local governments, wards and units; tell the people the truth about what we have done because we have done well to deserve their support and vote,” he said.
He said that the state was the first to introduce and implement the contributory health scheme in the country and the state human capital development remained number one.
“Our technical colleges have received lots of awards and many youths and women in the state have been impacted through our jobs creation and entrepreneurial programmes.
“We are committed to making things better and in three years, our tertiary institutions have had all their courses accredited. And on road constructions, we have done well and many more will be constructed.
“In sports, our youths have been encouraged and I have made promises without regrets because any Deltan that has done well will be rewarded and we must continue to encourage our people,” he said.
He charged the campaign team to go all out in one mind and to reconcile their differences in order to achieve success.
Earlier, the state’s party chairman, Chief Kingsley Esiso while inaugurating the council, said the process marked the kick-off of the party’s campaign in the state.
He said that the council was made up of carefully selected men and women who were poised to deliver by taking the campaign from door to door across the state.
“Today is a great day for our party because we are kick-starting our campaign and we have carefully selected men and women capable of leading our party through a grassroots campaign not only in the wards but in the units.
“Our campaign will be issue-based because our governor and party have performed creditably well on roads’ construction, education, health, empowerment programmes, sports and many more,” Esiso said.
Oyovbaire in his response on behalf of the council assured the party of their commitment to deliver on the assignment.
“We accept this honour and affirm that we will deliver on this task to ensure the return of our governor, and all the PDP candidates seeking elections into the NASS and the state assembly.
“The council will also work for the election of the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar come 2019 general election,” he said.
– Dec. 10, 2018 @ 17:15 GMT |