Three former Speakers of the Delta State House of Assembly, Olisa Imegwu, Peter Onwusanya and Monday Igbuya, other top leaders and their followers in Delta Unity Group (DUG) have finally endorsed the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for the March 11, 2023, gubernatorial election in the state.
Recall that the DUG is a pressure group within the PDP which evolved in the buildup to the governorship primary of the PDP in Delta State on May 25, 2022, but the group’s support for Olorogun David Edevbie to clinch the party’s ticket was unsuccessful.
The group in a statement today Monday while announcing its endorsement of Senator Omo-Agege directed the National Executive Committee (NEC) and all Executive organs of DUG comprising Senatorial, Local Government, Ward and Unit Executives to mobilize en masse and work for the emergence of the APC gubernatorial candidate as the next Governor of Delta State.
The statement was signed by the DUG Chairman, Board of Trustees, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare Chairman and two Co-Conveners of the group, Chiedu Ebie, Esq. and Chief Itiako Ikpokpo.
The statement below:
“Delta Unity Group (DUG) is an amalgam of long-standing, prominent and emergent leaders of the Delta State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) drawn from all Senatorial Zones, Federal Constituencies, State Constituencies and Local Government Areas across Delta State.
“Our objective and focus are primarily to promote unity and brotherliness within the political space and ensure effective and cohesive grassroots mobilisation for the success of candidates at all levels.
“Recall that arising from a meeting in Kwale on Wednesday, 17th August, 2022 DUG addressed a press conference wherein we implored leaders of PDP Delta State at all levels to show greater commitment to the unity of the party and put the interest of the party as paramount in all their interactions and activities. We further advised the State Chairman of PDP, Olorogun Kingsley Esiso on the need to be an impartial arbiter in the handling of all emerging disputes.
“At subsequent meetings of the leadership of DUG and in particular, at a meeting held in Afiesere on the 4th of November, 2022, DUG members reiterated our membership of the PDP with the belief that the state leadership of the party would activate genuine reconciliatory measures, build trust and reinforce party cohesion. We expected also that the gubernatorial candidate of the party, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori would within this period initiate genuine engagement and avail members of the group of his programmes and policies and importantly, his willingness to integrate all of the tendencies within the party. All of these were never to be, rather the leadership of the party in a most hostile dimension kept members of DUG from all mainstream activities of the party. Our various attempts at mutual reconciliation were rebuffed by the leadership of the PDP.
“On the other hand, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege repeatedly approached and consulted DUG and in the series of sessions held with DUG, he explained satisfactorily, inner details of his agenda and his message of hope for Deltans.
“All of these recaps are necessary at this critical moment of decision that will guarantee the future of Delta State or otherwise.
“It is a known fact that the leadership and membership of DUG are desirous of a state geared towards a fast-paced and sustainable socio-economic development, which we believe is achievable through a well-thought-out modernization process and a State Chief Executive possessing the necessary level of intellect, competence and capacity to steer the ship of State in these precarious times.
“Going further, we are happy to announce that the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate for the governorship election in Delta State, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has agreed to fully integrate and incorporate the Modernisation agenda of Olorogun David Edevbie into his Build A New Delta (BAND) governance agenda for Delta State.
“It is on this basis and the general yearnings of Deltans and friends of Delta that we, as members of the Delta Unity Group (DUG) fully endorse the candidacy of the APC governorship candidate and Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege in the forthcoming Delta State governorship elections holding on 11th March, 2023.
“Consequently, the National Executive Committee (NEC) and all Executive organs of DUG (comprising Senatorial, Local Government, Ward and Unit Executives) are hereby directed to mobilize en masse and work for the emergence of the candidacy of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as the next Governor of Delta State. We also call on all Deltans and friends of Delta including our teeming eligible voting youths to join this patriotic and altruistic task.”
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