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‘FG, Delta govt have wasted billions of oil, gas revenue’

By Gabriel Elozino, Asaba

Governorship candidate of Young Progressive Party (YPP), Comrade Sunny Ofehe has accused the Federal and Delta State governments of wasting billions of naira in oil and gas revenue.

Ofehe said this weekend when he clinched the YPP governorship flag, urging the party faithful and Deltans to reject both the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the 2023 general polls.

He vowed to deliver the state from the hands of plunderers in both the PDP and APC.

Ofehe with his mantra of ‘Fix Delta Project’ said the state was too endowed with mineral resources and potentials, hence the YPP cannot afford to continue to sit idle and allow looters access to the common patrimony, leaving the state undeveloped.

Oil and gas installation
Oil and gas installation

The environmental and human rights activist of global repute spoke shortly after emerging the candidate of the party at the governorship primary held in Asaba. As the sole aspirant, Ofehe garnered all 76 delegates votes during the option A4 election which was monitored by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Delta State, Mr. Monday Udoh-Tom.

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Returning Officer, Tosan Blessing who doubles as the South-South chairman of YPP declared Ofehe as governorship candidate of the party, and subsequently presented him with a certificate and flag of the YPP. He lamented that the state has lost 24 years due to “maladministration resulting from unpatriotic spirit of those who lay the foundation of our pitiable state amidst plenty.”

The YPP candidate said if elected, the state would gain within two years of his administration what was lost in 24 years. “We will tell the world how much we can do within the next four years. We will recreate Delta State of our dreams not just relying on federal allocation but with the various solid mineral deposits we have in this state. “Delta is abound in crude oil resources and natural gas that are already being managed and wasted by the Federal Government.

We will ensure a paradigm shift from the manners this God given resources are tapped and utilise. The result of what we will do with these funds that will come in the form of federal allocation will be abound,” he said. He noted further that he would bring his international exposure and contacts to bear in the governance of the state if elected, noting that advancement recorded in western countries was not rocket science.

“We know we can replicate it because as a state with the highest number of tertiary institutions, we can boast of adequate human capacity. “This is why I am appealing for your commitment, this is why I want you to take this race as a movement that must come to fruition. We must join hands with the leadership of our dear party to see us through this race,” he added.

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