Nigeria’s ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC), Delta state chapter has reiterated it resolved to capture Delta state in the 2019 general election.
State chairman of the party, Chief Cyril Ogodo made the declaration at the maiden State Working Committee, Local and Ward Chairmen and other stakeholders meeting held at its state Secretariat on Saturday, July 14, 2018 in Asaba, the state capital.
Ogodo said that the party has aligned with the yearnings of Deltans to change the PDP led administration in the forthcoming general election, maintaining that APC taking over Delta State Government is not negotiable come 2019.
Ogodo who expressed confidence of the party’s preparedness to give Deltans a fresh breath in the forthcoming general elections, stated that members of APC in the state are now focused on achieving the 2019 task.
“I want to thank you for your steadfastness and prayers for the growth of this party in Delta State. I want to thank you because you are one of those who believe that taking over Delta Sate Government in 2019 is not negotiable.
“This is a small meeting, we are going to call a larger meeting here in Asaba and we are going to tell the Delta State Government who owns papa’s land. Our focus is on the government of Delta State, we are not focusing on people who do not want us to take over Delta State Government house in 2019.
“Our focus is how to rescue Delta State. We want to rescue Delta because it is so clear for us to rescue. The people are yearning for change in Delta State, the people are yearning for a government of APC to come and rectify everything in Delta State. Why are we wasting time? We must rescue Delta State.”
Continuing, Ogodo berated the PDP administration for unleashing sufferings on Deltans stressing that workers in the state have been denied their salaries which have made preys in the harsh hands of money lenders.
“There are no good roads in the state, our communities do not have water, no light, no security and the payment of salaries is a forgotten conclusion as the workers in Delta State have already mastered money lending.
He added that the payment of salaries for workers in the local governments and DESOPADEC have been frustrated as they no longer get the needed allocations from the Delta State Government.
He further hinted the gathering that, the road projects being commissioned by the PDP government were road projects executed by NDDC and other interventionist agencies which he asked them to go verify.
“My members, please let us focus, we have to be focused because we want to take over government in Delta State. Everything that will give us the Government are all very clear. I learnt that they are hurrying to and commission roads already done by the NDDC in Delta State. In Sapele, all the roads that were constructed by NDDC, they going there to take pictures of them to put on Facebook and others to say that these are the roads that they have constructed.
If you see any road going on today in Delta State, it is either done by NDDC or roads constructed by the Niger Delta Ministry. The Delta State Government is not doing anything concerning the construction of roads in the State.”
APC leader in Delta State, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor in speech, appreciated all those who stood in solidarity with party throughout the congresses and commended party faithfuls for building a formidable APC in the State ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“I want to congratulate APC Delta State, the State Chairman and the State Working Committee that APC is strong and standing firmly in Delta State. I want to congratulate you for going through the rigor of the congresses in the State; from the ward to the local government and then to the State Government.
He assured the party faithfuls that the new National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is a man who over the years fought for justice, and will not support any fraudulent activities, adding “the consent judgment fraudulently obtained by the other faction will not stand”.
Emerhor while speaking to the party leaders, hailed the efforts of the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu for his reconciliatory efforts in ensuring a united APC in Delta State and expressed displeasure at the negative parade by the Omo-Agege/Ogboru group.
He however assured that the new leadership of APC in the state will intensify efforts to reconcile all warring parties to the larger fold in order to build a formidable force to take over government come 2019.
High point of the meeting was the setting up of committees which include, the Political Contact Committee, Reconciliation and Outreach Committee, Political and Strategy Team, Legal Matters Coordinating Committee, and Media and Political Awareness Committee.