Delta state was thrown agog today when Ijaw leaders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) endorsed the gubernatorial ambition of the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, calling on all Ijaw sons and daughters in the state to shelve their gubernatorial ambition and wait for the 2031 general elections.
This position was made known during Senator Omo-Agege’s official declaration of intention to run for the seat of Governor at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources in Effurun, Delta State on Thursday, April 14, 2022.
Speaking on behalf of the APC ijaw leaders at the epic making event, High Chief Michael Johnny said that the aspiration of the lawmaker who is contesting on the platform of the ruling APC is the “much awaited opportunity to actualize the dreams and aspirations of our people and indeed the entire Deltans.”
Explaining further, he said that “it is common knowledge within and outside this state that Delta is the most misgoverned State in our entire country. With the huge Monthly Federal allocations and the abundant human and natural resources available in our state, the PDP led administration have virtually wasted our common wealth since they came into power in 1999.
“For the purpose of clarity, we have no roads and our communities are yet to be connected to the National Grid in the entire state. We have no Tertiary Institutions in the Ijaw area; whereas we have four Universities, Polytechnics, College of Education and Schools of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Technology in the State, Our Primary and Secondary Educational and Health Institutions are not only ill-equipped but non-functional and in most cases nonexistent.
“As we earlier stated, we are delighted by this historic declaration of a worthy and illustrious son of Delta State and a Senator whose infrastructural, political, social and economic achievements are unprecedented in our history.
“Let it be known to all sundry that the position of the APC Ijaw Leadership and Stakeholders on the current political disposition in Delta state is clear. For the sake of equity, fairness, justice, peace and even development, it is now the turn of Delta Central senatorial District to produce the Governor of Delta state in 2023.
“The turn of Delta south Senatorial District and indeed the turn of the Ijaws will come in 2031. Your excellency, you have not only shown capacity in leadership, but also the ability to galvanise the privileges, opportunities and resources of a people for their common good.
“More importantly, Distinguished Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has brought a deep sense of professionalism, intellectual prowess, National cohesion and credibility both in the leadership and in the affairs of the National Assembly.”
Speaking while making his declaration, Omo-Agege who represents Delta central at the Ninth Senate, promised to use his office to attract a new Federal University of Agriculture to be established in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of the state which has suffered many years of neglect.
He further explained that “when I represented you in the Senate, I did very well. You can all attest to this fact. All the promises I made to you in 2015 and 2019, I have fulfilled all of them. With the mandate you gave me to go to the Senate, I attracted a Federal Polytechnic, Defence State School and Nigerian Law School to Delta State.
“It is a known fact that Delta Central is my comfort zone. If I wish to return to the Senate again, Delta Central will return me again and again. But I have decided to leave my comfort zone today, to contest for governor, so that I can extend all the benefits I brought to Delta Central to every other parts of Delta, comprising Delta North and South.”