Ahead of the January 6, 2018 local government election, the Delta state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has handed flags to the chairmanship candidate of the party, Dr Andrew Azubuike Odozi (Goodness), his Deputy, Nnamdi Okonkwo and 14 councillorship candidates in Issele-Uku, Aniocha north local government area of the state.
Speaking at the formal flag-off campaign held at the Oligbo Royal palace ground, chairman of the party, Prophet Jones Ode Erue, told the candidates and party members, “you have been baptized politically. We are not here to talk mere words, we are here for action.”
He charged the candidates not to be afraid as the party is strongly behind them in the race, “they cannot write the result of Delta state,” he assured them that he would move with them from street to street in Aniocha north to ensure victory for the party and their candidates.
He called on the women to preach the party message to the husbands and children who are in other parties, “that the slavery and the suffering are enough. We cannot continue like this.”
He tongue lashed Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration of looting the state treasury at the expense of Deltans, “yet they say Ego-Aria”, which threw the mammoth crowd into laughter.
He called on the masses to shun the PDP in the forthcoming local government election, as the crowd lifted up the symbol of the party (broom) in solidarity, before presenting the chairmanship candidate to the them.
He also charged the chairman and his deputy to represent and win the election for the party.
On his party, the former Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Engr (Barr) Victor Ochei, charged those who contested with him to put the past behind them and work for the victory of the party.
Hear him: “Already, we have our candidates, whether you contested with him in primaries or you were not supporting him, you are not supporting him now because of him. You are supporting him because you believe in APC.
“And you know that we must create a change in this local government. APC is the idea that time has come but the battle starts with you and me. That is we have to ensure that in our various wards, we should not be ashamed”, he charged them.
He told them to carry out the gospel of APC, “come out and do the voting from wards 1-14. I don’t want to see any councillorship candidate who is afraid. You will stand your ground as a lion. APC is a party of lions”, stressing that 2015 the party defeated the incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan by Muhammadu Buhari, “it has never happened before”.
He said: “so you must go out there, stand, defend your vote and you must win your ward”, promising them that the party would go round the whole wards to campaign.
He told the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that APC would meet them at the polls, “let them think that we are not on ground and they will be making noise. When they came here in Aniocha north even the governor was here, the crowd was not half what we have here today. It is on records. So we are telling them, get ready because APC is coming.”