Omo-Agege picks former Delta deputy speaker as running mate

By Gabriel Elozino, Asaba

The All Progressives Congress (APC), Governorship candidate for the 2023 general election in Delta State, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has picked the former Deputy Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Friday Ossai Osanebi, as his running mate and the Deputy Governorship candidate.

Omo-Agege who is the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, in a press release said that the choice of Rt. Hon. Friday Ossai Osanebi as his deputy came after broad consultations with the leadership of his party, stakeholders within and outside the party and diverse interests across the State in a painstaking, vetting process.

He stated further that APC in the state, in order to provide responsible and balanced leadership to realise its strategic vision to take Delta from what it tagged ‘extreme bad governance’ and Build A New Delta (BAND) on its four pillars of Employment and Empowerment, Development, Good Governance and Enduring Peace and Security (‘EDGE’), made the choice of the former Deputy Speaker.

The statement captioned “Rt. Hon. Friday Ossai Osanebi is my running mate and Deputy Governorship candidate of our great party, the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 Delta State governorship election,” pointed that Osanebi’s selection was consistent with section 187(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and in furtherance of the firm resolve of the party in the state to provide responsible and balanced leadership in the state.

The statement reads in part, “this momentous decision is for the greater good of all our people and consistent with our unshakeable faith in the immense leadership strengths, innovative energies and resourceful spirit of the youths of this great country.

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“May I quickly mention here that Rt. Honourable Osanebi emerged as our Deputy Governorship candidate from a painstaking internal vetting process in which many notable and highly qualified Deltans were also considered. Our Constitution only allows one choice and we know that Rt. Honourable Osanebi is a great choice.

Nonetheless, I am confident that with God on our side and by the electoral will of our people, each eminent Deltan who was considered in the vetting process will be given a chance to add value to public governance in strategic roles after the 2023 general elections.

“I am confident that working with the Rt. Honourable Friday Ossai Osanebi as our Deputy Governorship Candidate offers Deltans, especially our youths, a unique opportunity to repair our broken leadership foundations and Build A New Delta.

This unique moment in our political evolution is clearly orchestrated by God Almighty for His greater glory and the greater good of all our people. I humbly urge all our people to embrace this as our real chance for true greatness. We are marching towards the New Delta of our dream, and we are unstoppable.

“Born on October 7, 1980, to the family of Mr and Mrs Ossai Osanebi of Umuedem Quarters, Beneku Town in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State, Rt. Honourable Osanebi is a vibrant, focused, humble, diligent and upward mobile young leader with vast legislative business, general public governance and corporate management experience. He had his elementary education at Eke Model Primary School, Kwale before proceeding to Orogun Grammar School, Orogun. Thereafter, he attended Enugu State University of Science and Technology where he studied Material and Metallurgical Engineering.”

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