As campaigns for the general elections thicken, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party incumbent Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, has told his kinsmen that if they allow votes from Delta south and central senatorial districts surpass theirs, he would be a lone voice.
Okowa stated this on Tuesday during his campaign tour to Issele-Uku, the administrative headquarter of Aniocha north local government area of Delta state.
The governor, who lamented that Aniocha north gave him just 8, 000 votes in the 2015 governorship election said: “If Delta south votes exceeds your own this time, my voice will not be loud. I thought it was a joke but when I checked it, I discovered that it was real”.
He tasked party leaders in the local government to carry their followers along so that the local government could turn in more votes in the 2019 governorship election, saying that Delta north went through the eyes of the needle to win the gubernatorial race as the other two districts contested against it.
“Leaders of Aniocha north, carry the youths along so that Aniocha north can turn in more votes. The last one was 8, 000. Do not sell your birth right. We entered through struggle. Tell every Anioma sons and daughters that it is our turn.
“We are going into the elections as a united people, we should cooperate, because, through cooperation, we will get maximum number of votes; let no one be involved in anti-party activity, let us get votes that all of us will be proud of,” Governor Okowa said.
He added: “the leaders and the youths should work together, everybody should be recognised; this is the turn of Delta North to complete two terms because, it will not be good that after working for other senatorial districts to do two terms, the people of Delta North will fail to support their own for two terms; we have worked, our success stories abound in all parts of Delta, we will do more in our second tenure because, we are experienced and we have peace”.
Also at Akwukwu-Igbo, the governor also said it would be shameful if he wins the election with the votes of Delta south and central, implying that his kinsmen may not get much government attention if that happens.
“Please, ensure that we mobilize our people to come out en-mass, it will be a thing of shame if I win with other districts. If I do, my voice will be small,” he pleaded.
While mocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru, for never converting his ambition to victory, Okowa said Ogboru is contesting elections but never winning.
“Some people run for election not to win but just for their names to be on INEC list. The person that wants to contest with me in the election cannot stand, governance in Delta state is not a joke, it is for a serious person and I know that I am a serious person. All they are saying is that they will use the security agencies, they will rig. He lacks focus. Does he really have the capacity? he asked.
“There will be no room for rigging, there should be close monitoring of the elections because, our votes must count, collect your Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), encourage others to get theirs; we should get all the votes that we can”.
Excited with the huge turnout of Deltans at venues of the campaign rallies, Governor Okowa expressed confidence that he may be returned unopposed by the people as his main opponent in the elections may join his campaign train.
The governor at Asaba said: “I love Deltans, you are my people and I am happy with the show of love by you all to me and my administration; from the feelers reaching me, the heavy turnout at the rallies, it will not be a surprise that Deltans will return me unopposed.
“I have spent several years in Asaba, I am proud to be a Deltan; Asaba should wear a befitting look because, it is the mirror with which investors, visitors see the entire state; we are constructing storm drainage in Asaba, we are going to do the same in Uvwie and Warri; our development is not limited to major towns and cities, the rural areas are having good impact of our development programmes,” the governor said.
He added: “In the second tenure we will do more in the area of entrepreneurial programmes for our youths; we will do a lot of empowerment and provision of infrastructure that after our tenure in 2023, any governor that will emerge in Delta state will have a lot of challenge to meet up with the standards we are going to leave behind.”