By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba
A medical outreach is set to touch over 5,000 lives in Delta State. This is said to be a way of celebrating the victory of the sitting governor.
As the major opposition party in Delta State, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has preferred the path of steady crisis, groups and individuals have continued to see reasons to celebrate the winner of the governorship election in the state, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Such groups as the Indommittable Youths of Delta State and the Niger Delta Youths Council said there is no better way to encourage the governor to do more as he comes in for his second term in office come May 29, than to celebrate him.
The groups through the office of the Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Mobilization, Kennedy Ochei, have set aside April 6, 2019, for a victory thanksgiving to God and for Him to see the governor through.
On the other hand, the group has concluded plans to hold a three-day free medical outreach in the state in the next few weeks. This is said to aim at touching the socio-economic lives of the people. It’s a kind of pay back time for Deltans for voting Gov Okowa back to office.
Kennedy Ochei, said, he is partnering with a team of 11 medical doctors from the Anioma Doctors’ Forum to achieve this. They have already volunteered themselves for the assignment, he explained.
Speaking on Okowa’s victory, Ochei said, “The victory is worth celebrating in all ramifications. It was very free and fair. It was very peaceful and without any stress. The margin of the win alone makes it worth celebrating. It is wonderful!”
The results revealed that Gov Okowa polled a total of 925,274 votes to defeat Ogboru who scored 215,938. While Okowa won in 23 out of the 25 LGAs of the state, Ogboru won in only two LGAs.
APC kicked against the result which was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commision (INEC) in the state, and threatened to challenge the result in the elections tribunal.
Now, rather than see the APC versus PDP at the tribunal, what Deltans saw last week was that a Federal High Court sitting in Asaba sacked the Jones Erue-led APC that produced Great Ogboru as guber candidate; the senator-elect, Omo-Agege and all the house of assembly members elect on the platform of the APC. The court by its judgement enthroned Cyril Ogbodo-led faction of the party the authentic state executive council.
The APC factions have moved to higher courts to continue their legal fights. That seemed to have shattered the party the more as it made them get deeper into litigations over the ownership control of the APC.
Kicking against APC’s claims that the results were rigged in favour of
his boss, Ochei said, “There is nothing like rigging in that election.
Everywhere was peaceful and Deltans actually turned out to appreciate
and vote for the SMART Governor because of his achievements”.
“Statistically, the result is very simple to analyze. Imagine out of
25 LGAs, the governor won in 23 LGAs. How would opposition identify
the rigging? How would they challenge such result?”
Continuing, he said, “Look at it, there is a minimum of 317 roads that the governor has completed and as I am speaking to you, he is still constructing more roads notwithstanding that the elections are over”. The aide said the people of the state would benefit more in Gov Okowa’s second tenure as the governor is poised to achieve more for
He advised the aggrieved APC members to join hands with the PDP-led government, to work for a stronger Delta State where every Deltan could benefit from the SMART Agenda of the administration for the next four years.