-By Albert OGRAKA:
A prominent chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta state, Bashorun (Hon.) Askia Ogieh JP, has called on Deltans to put the disappointment of the postponement of the general elections behind them and respond to the call to patriotism by exercising their legitimate franchise on the new election dates.
Bashorun Askia, who made the call during an exclusive interview with Blank NEWS Online, said the only way Deltans can ensure a steady and unhindered democracy is for them to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that has brought democratic dividends to bear in the state.
He encouraged Delta electorates not to be deterred by the postponement and the attendant criticism but to turn the despair to defense of democracy by coming out enmasse to vote out the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) who are bent on frustrating the electoral and democratic process.
He expressed confidence in the capabilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a free, fair and credible elections, if the Muhammadu Buhari’s APC government do not interfere in the process.
According to him, the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has every reason to emerge victorious to secure his second mandate of governance, in which he has preformed exceedingly well by ensuring peace and security in Delta state, youth empowerment, sports development, as well as infrastructure development, especially road construction, even in riverine communities, earning him the name “Roadmaster”.
He explained that such development prowess and strides abounds only among the PDP controlled states, saying that PDP’s victory across boards was the only noticeable light at the end of the tunnel.
While appealing to Deltans to entrench peaceful conduct, devoid of violence during the February 23 and March 09 elections, Bashorun Askia assured victory for all PDP candidates for the Presidency, Governorship, Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly seats across the country, including Delta state.