By Emmanuel Afonne
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, on Tuesday charged presidential aspirants and stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to embark on reconciliatory move to ensure a credible candidate represents the party in the 2023 presidential election.
Okowa was quoted in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Olisa Ifeajika, to have given the charge at Government House, Asaba, when PDP delegates played host to one of the presidential hopefuls under the platform of the party, Gov. Udom Emmanuel.
The governor who said Nigeria was in difficult times, affirmed that the nation needed a President that would comprehensively address the challenges bedeviling the nation in all spheres.
He described Governor Udom Emmanuel as a man of proven integrity and a leader that has done well in office and assured him that delegates will take the right decision at the party’s primaries.
The Governor expressed displeasure with the APC administration that had kept complaining after seven years in office, adding that Nigerians should have a rethink and support the PDP’s quest to rescue the nation from maladministration.
“Having listened to you, I am sure that our people are obviously convinced that you have the capacity to be the President of this country.
“There is no doubt that we are in a very difficult times in our nation and Udom Emmanuel, a presidential aspirants under the PDP has already told us about the challenges.
“His intent and the processes intends to take us through as a nation, to rescue us and then to begin to rebuild a nation that we truly desire as a people.
“I have known him for several years, we have been governor for seven years by next month and I am aware that he is a man that has not just only the knowledge but has the level of integrity to be able to put necessary machinery into action with a view to advancing the development of the country.
“I believe that that is the kind of things we need in our nation Nigeria. The APC led government has done seven years and even at the end of the seven years they are still blaming past administration.
“If you meet something in a very bad state as they made us believe, by the time you go through the first year, and you are about ending the two year tenure and you are still complaining, then something is wrong with that government,” Okowa said.
In his speech, Udom Emmanuel said he was offering himself to serve as President because he had answers to the myraids of challenges confronting the socio-economic and infrastructural growth and development of the country.
Emmanuel appealed to delegates to throw their weight behind him to enable him emerge as presidential candidate of the PDP.
He promised to use his vast wealth of experience in the private sector and politics to conquer the nation’s teething problems.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Udom Emmanuel Campaign Organisation, Senator Gabriel Suswan said the presidential aspirant had all it takes to reposition Nigeria in the areas of security, economy, infrastructure and all round development.
The state Chairman of the PDP, Chief Kingsley Esiso said he was impressed with the antecedents of the governor, stressing that delegates would do the needful at the right time. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)