Panic has allegedly overwhelmed the political camp of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta state, as Chief Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, a gubernatorial aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), insists that the era where politicians manipulate elections dishonestly for personal gains, was over.
Findings have revealed that despite the wealth allegedly ammased by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa ahead of the 2019 general elections as well as successes recorded for the PDP in the last local government elections, members of the party have remained uncomfortable with the entrant of Dr. Cairo Ojougboh into the governorship race.
Ojougboh had during a recent launching of “One Man One Vote Campaign” in Warri said that “one man one vote campaign is a process of burying the PDP style of electoral malpractice in Delta state”, adding that “The Delta state government under the administration of Okowa, has no capacity to govern so we must take power back from Okowa. They don’t have ideas and that is why you see that the government is a government of nepotism and misappropriation of the state funds through inadequate budget. But the APC has gotten a better program to move Delta state forward just like the peer states”.
Ojougboh stated categorically, that he would do only ONE TERM (2019 – 2023) in order not to abuse the zoning arrangement in Delta state, disclosing that the agenda and policies of the APC which will be executed if voted into power, include free and compulsory education, free health care services and infrastructural development, security of lives and properties, among others.
In his words, ” I am not contesting this election because I am from Delta North neither am I claiming superiority over any person. I believe the APC must take power so that there will be change in Delta state. The party is supreme, therefore, there must be synergy between the government and the party from the Ward level to the state level and that is the way to go”.
The gubernatorial aspirant further called on all Deltans to get their permanent voter cards (PVCs) in order to elect candidates of their choice to represent them at all levels of government.
Recall also that a veteran labour leader and chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Frank Kokori, has expressed confidence that Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, if elected governor of Delta State, could turn around the fortunes of the state.
Frank-Kokori had lamented what he called failure of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administrations over the years, claiming corruption had become the byword in the state.
He said: “I have known Dr. Cairo Ojougboh for a long time and I have witnessed all his political battles and efforts. Corruption has killed Delta State. I will support any person from Delta State who wins a free and fair congress for the 2019 general election.”
Similarly, a former Commissioner for Education in the state, Dr (Mrs.) Veronica Ogbuagu, remarked that the APC had all it takes to win the 2019 governorship election in Delta state due to its people-oriented programmes, explaining that the state is yet to recorded meaningful progress under the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa led administration.
She therefore called on Deltans to vote massively for the APC in 2019.