The Delta State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has chided Deputy Senate President and All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, over his threat to terminate Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s vice presidential ambition.
In a statement in Asaba, yesterday, by Chairman, Media and Publicity Committee of its Governorship Campaign Council, Chief Emman Amgbaduba, the PDP said Omo-Agege lacked powers to stop Okowa’s bid.
Amgbaduba, who is the state’s Commissioner for Oil and Gas, said Omo-Agege’s verbal attacks on Okowa were the last kick of a dying horse, adding that the PDP would retire him from politics in 2023.
He said that it was numb for the APC candidate to have made allusions of a third-term agenda by Okowa, describing it as mischievous propagation. Amgbaduba stated further: “We have watched Omo-Agege boasting about terminating Okowa’s vice presidential ambition and also accusing him of having a third-term agenda.
“First, Okowa has no such agenda, as the PDP has a well respected governorship candidate in the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori. Instead of Omo-Agege to tell Deltans about his agenda for the development of the state, he goes about boasting about how he will terminate Okowa’s ambition to become vice president.”
“The last time I checked, Okowa was not in the ballot with him for the Delta gubernatorial race and let me make it clear to him that the PDP, with the support of the people, will teach him a political lesson in 2023. We will help him retire to his Orogun village where he channelled the little projects and institutions he managed to attract to his senatorial district.”
The commissioner said Omo-Agege, who supported Senate President, Dr. Ahmed Lawan, for President during his party’s primary, could not do a volte-face to accuse Okowa of betraying the South, adding: “Okowa didn’t betray anybody; the party threw its ticket open and a northerner, Atiku Abubakar, won the ticket, and constitutionally, a vice presidential candidate must emerge from the South and Okowa was found worthy after careful evaluation by the candidate and the party.
“Rather than rejoice with Okowa and put political sentiments aside to ensure that a Deltan emerged vice president in 2023, he is busy lying to Deltans about an alleged betrayal that never existed.”
Amgbaduba, therefore, urged party faithful and Deltans to disregard Omo-Agege’s “lies” and support the PDP to rescue, reset and rebuild the country from the deep valley the APC had led it into.