‘Why APC can’t rule Delta in 2023
By Kelvin Ohoror
Commissioner for Information Charles Aniagwu has said the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and his All Progressives Congress (APC) could not win elections in Delta State to govern.
Aniagwu told a news conference in Asaba that Omo-Agege lacked requisite knowledge to govern Delta just as the performance of APC-led Federal Government had made it very difficult to market any candidate from the party for the 2023 general elections.
He stated that he had recently advised Omo-Agege to concentrate his energy on things that could enhance his electoral value rather than chasing shadows.
According to him, “not too long ago, I had advised the Deputy President of the Senate and APC governorship candidate in the state, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, to try as much as possible to stay with the issues that could help his electioneering campaign and not to begin to stray in directions that will not in any way advance his interest.
“I had thought that it was only those who speak for him that tend not to understand what the issues are. I read somewhere, where he was mentioning that we have received over N700 billion in the last seven years and that we couldn’t account for that and I begin to wonder N700 billion received as what.
“It shows that he does not understand how governance runs because the data that are available show that we have received more than that. I say so because he thinks that what we use to run government alone in a year is N100 billion; our wage bill alone, that is the recurrent side of the budget, is even far more than what he was mentioning,” he said.
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The Commissioner reminded the Orogun-born Senator that Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa was not contesting elections with him in 2023 and as such he should not make the governor the subject matter of his campaign.
“So its important that he begins to address his mind to other issues. “As a government we have been able to show transparently through the press in the last seven years, the many projects and programmes that we have embarked upon.
Programmes such as the many platforms that we have used to empower our youths and a cross section of Deltans. Policies such as the ones that affects the livelihoods of our people and indeed projects that are quite outstanding such as the New State Secretariat, upgrade and concessioning of the Asaba airport that has made our airport quite outstanding among the comity of airports in the country.
“We have performed significantly in the capital side of the budget with many outstanding accomplishments in infrastructural development.
As a government we have added value to the people of Delta whether they live in the creeks or in the upland so for Omo-Agege to say that N700 billion is not accounted for, you begin to wonder whether he understands the issues of governance.
The good Lord and the people of Nigeria have seen that our Governor has discharged his responsibility very creditable well here in Delta and there are a lot facts that speaks to that in terms of projects, programmes and policies.
“We therefore urge you to shun the possibility of individuals who lack knowledge of activities in Delta and tend to paint pictures that are at variance with realities in the state.
We thank you because you have remained with the truth and you have remained very professional in the discharge of your reportage and we are not going to lose any sleep because we know that you will continue to stay with the facts,” he added.