Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has emerged the guber candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Delta State Chapter, having won the party primary conducted at Federal College of Education (Technical), located in the capital city of Asaba.
Senator Omo-Agege emerged victorious in a lone contest after polling 1,190 votes in the Delta State APC governorship primary election.
In an interview after the reaffirmation primary, Senator Omo-Agege asked Deltans to chase away the Egyptians whom according to him had plundered the state’s economy, leaving the people in abject poverty, high level of unemployment and infrastructural decay.
Lamenting the neglect by the Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration despite the immense resources available to Delta, Senator Omo-Agege said even the core areas on whose back Okowa rose to become an Anioma governor have had nothing to show for their support for his administration.
The Deputy Senate President expressed dismay that despite the refusal of the government to pay pensioners in the last seven years, it has earmarked N5.1 billion for the construction of an International Conference Centre.
This, he termed as a misplacement of priority and a slap on the faces of senior citizens of the state. He however promised to turn around the fortunes of the State if voted into office in 2023, adding that he had left Deltans to make critical decision of their choice between him and the emerged PDP candidate.
“We are not happy that while they have neglected all these obligations to our pensioners and people who have given their best years to our state, the government is spending N5.1 billion in the erection and construction of a new convention edifice. We don’t think this makes sense.
“There is so much infrastructural decadence in this state. And we are in a hurry to get to work, win the elections and liberate our people,” he said.
Party chieftains at the event includes the State party chairman, Elder Omeni Sobotie, senator representing Delta North Senatorial District, Sen. Peter Nwaoboshi; Delta South District Senatorial District Aspirant, Hon. Joel-Onowakpo Thomas, member representing Ughelli South/North, Udu Federal Constituency, Hon. Rev. Francis Waive; Chief of Staff to the Deputy President of the Senate, Dr. Otive Igbuzor.
The founding leader of the party in the state and 2015 governorship candidate, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor; Chief Ayiri Emami, Chief Lucky Okperi, Chief Ede Dafinone among others, were also fully on ground.
Chairperson of the Electoral Committee, Oyibo Nwaneri Esq., congratulated the winner and party delegates on a successful exercise.
Secretary of the Committee, Ambassador Elijah Onyeagba announced that out of the 1,350 adhoc delegates, 1,235 were duly accredited while 1,190 votes were cast for the lawmaker with one void vote.
In his remarks, Delta State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Rev. Monday Udoh Tom described the exercise as credible, peaceful, free and fair.
The event was supervised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), police and State Security Service operatives.