People’s Democratic Party (PDP) vice presidential nominee and governor of Delta, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Tuesday challenged Deltans to produce no fewer than one million votes for the party in the upcoming general election.
Okowa said the votes would justify his emergence as the running mate of the party’s presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and urged the people to make it a reality through their votes “for the good of all Deltans and Nigerians”.
He led Ogwashi-Uku during the party’s local government campaigns in the Aniocha South and Aniocha North local government areas of the state.
The governor said his emergence was an act of God because he was at his home when he was chosen to be the party’s vice presidential nominee.
“We have over 3.3 million registered voters in Delta and I challenge us to get over one million votes for our party so we can deliver on our Rescue Nigeria mission.
“The more votes we get from Delta, the bigger my vote will be in the party and the bigger things we will see in Delta and Nigeria.
“I know we have already won this election but we need to increase our numbers because God has sanctioned our election and we are just waiting for the day to come and go,” he said.
He urged people to go back home and mobilize votes for the party, affirming that God had sanctioned the party’s victory at the polls.
“This election is a BIVAS election; so it’s very different from what we’ve had, but I’m optimistic we have the numbers to win.
“Let’s go home and get our permanent voter cards and make sure we reach all our people wherever they are,” the governor declared.
At the election to the governorship, he revealed how God had revealed Oborevwori’s rise to him, and instructed the people to support him because God had approved him as a worthy successor.
“The emergence of Chief Sheriff Oborevwori as our party’s candidate for governor is divine because God has revealed his rise to me and I can assure you that he is a very humble man who will answer to all our people.
“I have known Sheriff for over 30 years and I can assure you all that he is a good man and will continue to unite Deltans.
“Since we came, God has helped us continue to unite Deltans and He will continue our programs, policies and projects.
“So, let’s cast our votes for the PDP candidates and vote out the APC for destroying our unit and bringing hunger and insecurity to our country.
“They said they did their best, but their best is not good enough. They have dug Nigeria into a hole, but with the help of all of us, Atiku-Okowa will pull Nigeria out of the hole,” said Okowa.
For his part, the gubernatorial candidate, Oborevwori, said he had a great team, committed to the development of Delta and assured that he would not disappoint the Anioma nation.
“I have worked with our dear governor and to have pledged to support me means I have passed the litmus test.
“I am a unifier and a pan-Deltan and we will have a comprehensive government with continuity for all ongoing projects, programs and policies,” he stated.
In his remarks, the party’s state chairman, Chief Kingsley Esiso, said Nigerians were fed up with galloping inflation, increasing hunger and poverty and urged the people to punish APC with their votes.
“You know that in May this year the Nigerians will have a new president who will promote the economy and ensure the safety of life and property in the country.
“The ticket is a ticket for Delta, because for the first time, the state would produce Nigeria’s Vice President,” he said.
Director General of the State Campaign Council, Chief Funkekeme Solomon, praised the people for their exciting reception and urged them to translate the support into voting in the elections.
In Issele-Uku, hundreds of ADC and APC members, led by ADC Chairman Aniocha North, Mr. Chris Ogwu and former APC leader, Mr. Bolum Michael, defected to the PDP.
“We are back home to join the winning team; we have collapsed the structure of ADC in the LGA in all departments of the PDP,” they stated.
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