In a bid to ensure that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gets 100 per cent votes in the forthcoming elections, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan has charged political leaders to head to their different units and ensure that their people vote for the party in the elections.
Addressing members of the campaign organisation of the PDP in Asaba on Wednesday, the Governor observed that the shift in date for the elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has provided more room for people to collect their permanent voters’ card (PVC) which would make them eligible to vote.
“As a party that has been on ground since 1998, we have enough man power to win in every election,” the Governor said, adding, “political leaders, coordinators and candidates at the local government, ward and unit levels must work together, continue with our mobilisation campaign at the grassroots to give us victory, nobody should be too big to be part of the ward team.”
The Governor frowned at reports that some candidates of the party were not carrying some members along, asserting that no one should be taken for granted when it comes to elections. He urged the candidates to reach out to everybody not-minding their political leaning or views.
He stated, “some of the candidates have to come down from their high horses, we should not take anything for granted, it should not be a master/servant relationship, it is your duty as a candidate to reach out to aggrieved persons, our candidates should stoop low and meet the people that contested with them in the primaries so that they can get the support of all.”
On PVC, the Governor reiterated that collection of PVC was very important and observed that the shift in date of the elections by the INEC would enable prospective voters collect their PVCs.
“We are still having challenges with our PVC collections, without the card, you cannot vote, the card reader can only take the PVC, it cannot accept the TVC, our people should all collect their PVCs,” he said.
The gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in the state, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa called for a coordinated campaign to enable the party achieve victory at the polls while the chairman of the party in the state, Chief Edwin Uzor urged members of the PDP to work as one united family to achieve victory at the polls.
Meanwhile, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan has commenced the showcase of a harvest of projects across the state as a way of drawing support for candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming polls.
Speaking as he commissioned the projects, Governor Uduaghan said it was necessary for the people to vote PDP in the coming elections so that they will continue to enjoy the dividends of democracy as they have been enjoying since 1999.
Specifically, Governor Uduaghan while commissioning Ashaka/ABOH road observed that the PDP-led government in the state has made it possible for vehicles to drive to Aboh, in Ndokwa East local government area of the state without making use of a pontoon which was the norm before the party came into power in 1999.
“One can drive to Aboh now, before 1999, when you mention Aboh, what comes to mind is pontoon and bad road,” he said, adding, “Aboh is a historic town, you have requested for more projects, the only way you can get these projects is by voting for PDP, a party which has brought a lot of develoment to this ancient kingdom.”
He added, “get your PVCs (Permanent Voters Cards) to enable you vote for President Goodluck Jonathan, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa as our Governor, Chief Peter Nwoboshi as our Senator, Hon. Ossai Ossai for House of Representatives and Mr Empowerment, Hon. Friday Osanebi for House of Assembly.”
The Governor who had earlier paid a courtesy call on the Obi of Aboh, HRM Obi Imegwu II commended the royal father for been a blessing to the people of Aboh.
According to him, “when a blessed royal father is on the throne, good things come to his Kingdom, our royal father is blessed. In his reign, Aboh has opened up, it is now accessible, there is a General Hospital, a Polytechnic is under construction, among others, Aboh is developing fast.”
The Commissioner for Works in the state, Mr. Funkekeme Solomon said the 14.7 kilometer road links Aboh to the rest of the world through motorable road.
The Obi of Aboh, Obi Imegwu II in an address read by the Secretary of Aboh Traditional Council, Chief J.A. Ozegbe thanked Governor Uduaghan’s administration for contributing immensely to the development of Aboh Kingdom.
“We wish to fervently appreciate you for appointing our sons and daughters to take care of strategic positions during your tenure, profoundly, we are overwhelmed and appreciative of your efforts on the completion of the Aboh/Ashaka road which is a master piece, solid road to link us together economically and socially with even neughbouring state – Rivers via Ndoni.”
At Aradhe, Isoko North local government area, the Governor commissioned a 13 kilometer road valued at N1.9 billion. The road links Aradhe to Ushe and Ashaka.