Some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State were absent at the inauguration of the party’s Campaign Council on Thursday in Asaba, the state capital.
Naija News reports that among those absent at the event include James Ibori, Emmanuel Uduaghan, Senator James Manager, David Edevbie, Ighoyota Amori, and Ned Nwoko, among others.
Inaugurating the campaign council on Thursday, the state Chairman of the party, Kingsley Esiso, said the ceremony was to kick-start the campaign to produce a new governor in the state.
He also slammed the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, over the condition of federal roads in the state.
Esiso stated that Omo-Agege never attracted one good road to the state, adding that the APC-led government has done damage to the Nigerian economy.
Addressing the party faithful, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa urged the council to concentrate their campaign more at the units and wards level.
He urged aggrieved members of the party to embrace peace and support the party’s presidential and governorship candidates in the 2023 elections.
He said, “Yes, there are issues in PDP Delta state and we will settle it and PDP will come out stronger and united.
“I want to appeal to the aspirants to embrace all and do the one they can to support your brother because there is always a tomorrow. In 2006, I ran for governor but didn’t get it but I supported the person and today I’m a governor.
“Our campaign will go through 270 wards that are where our votes will come from. My politics is based on issues and I don’t insult people in the course of my politicking.
“Those that said I have not done anything in Delta state are locked up in Abuja, he may be from Delta but locked up himself in Abuja.”
He urged all the political appointees to go back to their various units and wards, saying that they need to work harder now that PDP has its Vice Presidential candidate from Delta state.
Okowa said more responsibility is now on him as a vice presidential candidate, noting that he may not be regular at the various campaign because he will be going to other states.
In his remark, the Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly and governorship flag bearer of the party, Sheriff Oborevwori, thanked Okowa for standing and believing in him
Oborevwori said the party had come out stronger and united in a couple of weeks, pledging to uphold the legacy of Okowa, who he said, had made his campaign easier based on his achievements.