THE Governor of Delta, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa has given reasons why Godwin Obaseki should be re-elected as Governor of Edo State.
Okowa who joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally in Edo State on Wednesday to canvass for votes for his colleague, stated that presently the states of the South South Region are under the umbrella political party and a vote for Obaseki signifies a united people.
He noted that such unity would make the South South region to always speak with one voice and speed up the development of the oil-rich region.
He said, “You know your Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki is a very good man, if he wasn’t a good man I will not be here.
“I am proud of the people of Ekpon, because of their support for the PDP over the years.
“Don’t be afraid of any intimidation, vote and defend your votes.
“The whole of South South is now made up of PDP Governors family.
“There are six states in the South South and am the current Chairman of the Governors Forum in the South-South and we do not want Edo State to go into another party anymore.
“We want all Governors of the South-South to remain in one political party and that is why we are interested, but, I am particularly interested.
“For those of you here, we know you are voting for him, but, please we want you to go from home to home and from person to person to campaign to the people.”
Also on Wednesday, Okowa, took out time to inaugurate the over 2km newly constructed reinforced concrete drain and asphalt overlay of Okuta Road in Ebelle community constructed by Governor Obaseki’s administration.
He commended Obaseki for attending to rural roads despite the economic crunch.
“I must commend you for being able to construct several rural roads in Edo despite the economic challenges facing states across the nation.
“I believe God almighty will see you through this election so that you will build more roads for the good people of Edo.” Okowa stated.
In his remark, Governor Godwin Obaseki who was at the events with his Deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu, thanked his Delta counterpart for coming to support him in his campaign.
He assured the people of provision of electricity, water and construction of internal roads in the community.
“Let me thank my brother Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for coming to support us. I am aware he established the first private hospital in Ekpon years ago.
“He has assured me that we will collaborate to reconstruct the road connecting Edo and Delta, he said, adding that “When i construct up to Edo boundary, he will construct from Delta to the Edo boundary.
“So I appeal to you all to come out enmasse to vote for me and my able Deputy come September 19 for us to actualise these promises,” he added.
Earlier, National Vice-Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih urged the people of Ekpon to continue their support for the party adding that leaders across the state where in support of Obaseki’s re-election.
“I have had the opportunity to talk to leaders across the state and they are all in support of your re-election, so just keep doing your good work Mr Governor and the people will re-elect you come September 19,” Orbih said.
The well attended political rally took place at Ekpon Ward 9 and 10, Igueben Local Government Area of Edo and they witnessed the defection of former leaders in the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP.
It would be recalled that Delta and Edo States were carved out of the defunct Bendel State.