… As Oseme, Okwuofu Others Launch Delta Grassroots Movement For Okowa.
By Miracle Enuji
Championing the second term bid of the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the Elumelu family have promised to undertake the financial burden of the campaign in Aniocha North Local Government Area.
Giving the assurance on behalf of the Billionaire family, former Federal Lawmaker and younger brother to Mr. Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings, UBA, Transcorp and founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation, Rt. Hon. Ndudi Elumelu said that, Okowa should leave all expenses pertaining Aniocha North for the Elumelu family throughout the campaign season.
Elumelu while speaking at the launch of Delta Grassroots Movement (DGM), a political pressure group in Aniocha North on Friday, February 2, 2018, at the Unity hall in Issele-Uku, said, “I and my elder brother have concluded that Elumelu family will finance Okowa campaign in Aniocha North. Tell Okowa not to bring money to Aniocha North and leave all expenses pertaining our local government for the Elumelu family from beginning of the campaign to the end.”
“You are aware that I contested with Okowa during the primary but he defeated us because he is the best among all. When he defeated me, I had to follow and support him. Even as he defeated us, and if anybody had moved to another party to contest against him, he will still defeat that person. Even in the coming election, everybody should support him because if you go to another party, Okowa will still win. My family has resolved that we will pump money in Aniocha North campaign come 2019, the one Okowa ought to bring to Aniocha North should be taken elsewhere and we in this Local Government will vote him overwhelmingly”. The PDP Chieftain harped.
Also at the event, political bigwigs in Aniocha North LGA including; the Chairman of Aniocha North Council, Hon. Chuks Oseme; Chairman, Delta Civil Service Commission, Chief Nkem Okwuofu; SSA to Governor on Political Matters, Chief Emma Eboh; and others, made public their support to the re-election of Okowa in 2019.
In their separate goodwill messages, they submitted that Okowa would complete his 8 years tenure, as Delta Central and South Senatorial zones have each taken their 8 years part, noting that for equity and fairness, Delta North will finish its 8 years.
“This group is good to be part of because the course we are in now, is Okowa matter. The message should be spread to all nooks and crannies of our local government. Aniocha North has benefited immensely in this Okowa’s first tenure in terms of projects and appointment and his second term will be a plus for us”
“The main objective of this pressure group is to galvanise, mobilise and actualise Okowa’s second term, we are no longer talking about the wining but our concern is the margin to win with” they stressed.
Chief Okwuofu added that, they are very optimistic that the set of the youths in Aniocha North are capable to take over from them in politics, as the DGM has shown commitment with their political sagacity in their bid to deliver Okowa in the next election.
Earlier, in his address, the President of Delta Grassroots Movement (DGM), Hon. Richard Anonyei said that DGM is a grass root template for massive mobilization towards election victory for PDP.
He said that the pressure group among other objectives was to serve as a grassroots mobilization for Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and all PDP candidates come 2019 general elections.
While he urged everyone to accept the association in their local government area, Hon. Richard noted that so many persons in the state have been empowered through the association.
“Dr Okowa has done massively well in his SMART Agenda across the state, narrowing it down to our LGA, we have seen various ongoing and completed projects in Aniocha North; upgrading/rehabilitation of the Technical College Issele-Uku, Onicha Ugbo road, Issele-Uku/Olona road, Obomkpa/Idumugo road, Idumuje- Unor/Ugboko road, Ukwu-Nzu road among others”.
“Going by these projects within our local government and the entire state so far, we DGM have concluded alongside with other political organizations in the state, to mobilize massively for the return of Ifeanyi Okowa come 2019” he said.
High point of the occasion was Vote of Confidence on Governor Okowa’s led administration.