Okowa Declares for Delta Governorship

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Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has declared his intentions to occupy the number one seat in Delta State as Governor come 2015, after Emmanuel Uduaghan.

While declaring on the platform of People's Democratic Party (PDP), at the Oshimili South Arcade in Asaba, today, he declared that he was not deterred by the number of aspirants from his senatorial district in the race for the same office, or by rumours that the incumbent Governor has anointed n aspirant to succeed him. Senator Okowa said he was the anointed one from God to take over the mantle of leadership and to lead the state to the Promised Land.

Buoyed by the large crowd that came to witness his declaration, Okowa said deliberate efforts would be made to generate employment and productive livelihood for the teeming youth population in the state. He said the aim was to reduce undue conflict in social and community lives. "I will also take appropriate measures to sustain, increase and even introduce new measures to contain the sources which breed and encourage insecurity"

The Delta North Senator vowed that as a medical doctor, when elected Governor, he would pursue a legislation to support and promote universal health insurance policy for all Deltans. "We are not coming to fill our pockets but to transform the state into where teeth and tongue shall meet to path no more.”

He cleared the air on the perceived frosty relationship between him and Uduaghan when he described him (the Governor) as his boss who he worked for before leaving for the Senate in 2011.  He concluded his speech with an emphatic statement that "in 2015, Governor Uduaghan will hand over to me"

Meanwhile, moments after he left the Arcade, trouble emanated at his office (Senator Okowa's Campaign Office) at Illah road, even as Asaba youths prevented him and his convoy from entering the premises.

They were wielding weapons like matchets and bottles, and threatening to destroy vehicles and injure persons. The youths claimed he did not settle them before coming to campaign in the State capital. The force of security operatives almost worsened the situation as the youths started chanting war songs and obstructing movement on the road, thereby causing panic among commuters. It took the intervention of some of Okowa's loyalists who doled out cash to the irate youths for the situation to get under control.

 

Posted on October, 21 2014

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