2015: Delta South Leaders move against spoilers, say only God can stop Olejeme from becoming governor of Delta State
Prominent sons and daughters of the Delta South senatorial zone on Sunday made another concerted effort at charting a pathway towards ensuring responsible and accountable leadership in Delta State come 2015.
Meeting under the aegis of Itsekiri, Ijaw and Isoko Progressives in Koko, headquarters of Warri North Local Government Area, the leaders made some statements about the position of the three ethnic groups regarding the 2015 governorship election in the state. They also resolved to work against persons with questionable character and track record.
“Given the fact that Delta Central and Delta South have dominated the highest office in the state, Delta North shall produce the governor come 2015” they declared.
Emphasizing that democracy should empower all to aspire to public office; the leaders said the business of governance was far too serious to be entrusted in the hands of novices or persons with questionable character and track record.
“Dr. Ngozi Olejeme, a member of the Subsidy Re-Investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), is a woman of high integrity and high principles. She is a great administrator, seasoned technocrat and a lover of people. She is well entrenched in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). She is our choice and will be governor of Delta State in 2015” the leaders said.
In a statement issued by the group’s spokesperson, Mrs. Rosemary Clark, the leaders described Olejeme as “a political institution in Nigeria and an ardent believer in the policies and programmes of the present administration”
The leaders called on the people from Delta North to unite, speak with one voice and strongly resist any political arrangement that will deter the area from getting the governorship slot in 2015.
They also implored Olejeme to continue her good work.
“Olejeme has endeared herself to development conscious Nigerians as a veritable model. In NSITF and other institutions, she has empowered several people and cemented an enduring friendship with people from all walks of life”.
They urged Deltans, irrespective of ethnic and cultural persuasion to join hands with men and women of good conscience to make Olejeme governor in 2015.
The leaders who also commended the cordial relationship existing between the governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and Dr. Olejeme, advised spin doctors not to waste their time.
“Olejeme, who doubles as Board Chairman of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) and the Trust Fund Pension Plc, is capable of consolidating on the gains so far made in Delta State” the leaders said.
Uduaghan explains support for Olejeme’s governorship ambition
Director General, You and I Foundation, Mr. Oritsejolomi Uduaghan on Wednesday described the chairman of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr. Ngozi Olejeme as a highly focused individual, saying this humble and dynamic Deltan is a natural successor to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.
“If the succession is about continuity, keeping up the tempo of sustainable development and lifting the state and the people to the greatest heights, then Deltans have the answer in Dr. Ngozi Olejeme”
In a statement issued in Warri to explain the backing of Olejeme by prominent Nigerians for the governorship of the state, Uduaghan said they opted for Olejeme, owing to her track record as the chairman of NSITF and her philanthropic activities.
“Olejeme has a cordial relationship with Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan. She has vision, moral fortitude, zeal, leadership, commitment and love for all. She enjoys the friendship of the leadership of the party and the confidence of the people and will definitely triumph in 2015” he said.
Continuing, he said “Olejeme is knowledgeable and straight forward. Her goodwill and philanthropy will see her through”
He pledged to work hard to ensure the success of the NSITF boss in the state
“We are working very hard to deliver the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship ticket and the state to Dr. Olejeme. So we don’t want to be distracted” he said.
Oritsejolomi Uduaghan, a cousin of the current governor of the state and former special assistant to ex-governor James Ibori and Governor Uduaghan on special duties, argued that the NSITF boss was a detribalized Nigerian who is more acceptable in the country, particularly Delta State than some individuals parading as governorship aspirants.
“Olejeme is a consummate politician, proven administrator, a bridge builder, dogged fighter, grassroots mobiliser and crowd puller”.
He advised the people to embrace and rally round Olejeme for a better Delta State
“This is another opportunity to redefine and redesign our future in a direction that would strengthen the bond of unity, foster the spirit of oneness, enhance development and promote good governance” he added.
HENRY OVIE EBIRERI