-By Mark Orgu, News/Comments, February 1, 2023
DELTA-The Delta State All Progressives Congress, (APC) Governorship Aspirant, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who is the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate has advised Premium Trust Bank, the alleged Lead Lender of Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa over his recent proposed N100 billion loan; saying however that if the bank should go ahead, it may become a free-will donation to the state, which if elected as governor will not repay, even as he confidently assured his cheering supporters that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will lose the next governorship elections, including others to the opposition, APC.
Omo-Agege said this on Tuesday, January 31, during his ongoing ward to ward campaigns at Ibusa, Akuku-Igbo and Okpanam, in Oshimili North LGA of the state, criticizing Governor Okowa of consistent borrowing and taking loan, a situation he described as trying to mortgage the state’s future, he therefore reiterated that any bank dealing with the state in this regard is doing that on its own risk. Continuing, he said , you the electorates should ensure you vote out PDP candidates, including those House of Assembly members contesting and re-contesting because they are the one approving loans without telling the governor the truth. Omo-Agege further reiterated:
“Any government official who refused to look at the governor eyeball to eyeball and tell him the truth including Assembly Members should be punished. How can one man misappropriate over N4.2 trillion, and still go borrowing so recklessly? We are tired of Governor Okowa. We received and have more money than Rivers and Akwa Ibom States but those states are construction sites.
“In spite of all Governor Okowa has received in the past seven years and eight months, the two main commercial roads in the State: Ughelli/Asaba Road and PTI/Eku/Orerokpe/Abraka/Agbor Road are in total disrepair. We are the richest state in the Niger Delta, yet our youths have no jobs. School fees of the State owned tertiary institutions have sky rocketed, yet workers are denied minimum wage, and retirees are unpaid. So how do parents pay such school fees?
“Since Governor Okowa has refused to commit “political suicide” following his betrayal of the accord he midwifed on behalf of the leaders and governors of Southern Nigeria, come out with your PVC on February 25, and retire him permanently.
“Do not vote for me because of what I am telling you. Vote for me because of the ideas we have for Delta State. We plan to create jobs for our youths, that is our priority. We will set up Independent Power Plants, IPPs, that will be people-oriented. I will rather be in Government House without electricity so that the people can have it, to be comfortable and to power their businesses. To vote for Governor Okowa’s stooge, the Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, the speaker of the state who has questionable academic credentials, would be a slight on the people of Oshimil North that are renowned for producing the highest number of professors in the State,”
On his part, the State Chairman of APC, Elder Omeni Sobotie said the days of Governor Okowa and PDP are numbered as his governorship candidate, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, does not have the vision and capacity to lead the state.
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